Anyone who has been in the conservative movement for any length of time knows of Walter Williams. A long time fighter for the conservative movement, Dr. Williams left a legacy—not only in the world of economics but also in the world of politics.
Born in the city of brotherly love, Dr. Williams holds an impressive array of degrees from prestigious institutions, such as California State University where he holds the trifecta: a B.A., an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics.
When he wasn’t studying, Dr. Williams was writing. His website claims he has been published in over 150 publications, such as Georgia Law Review, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Journal of Labor Economics, and Social Science Quarterly. He also wrote ten books, many of which are now staples in the conservative landscape.
Dr. Williams often spoke at conferences like Young America’s Foundation’s NCSC, or for their campus tours where he lectured on the dangers of big government and the left’s distaste for personal liberty. He railed against social security and government intervention in the personal lives of its citizens.
He was born into a working class family. In his 1984 documentary “Good Intentions,” he recalls that because his dad left the family, his mother had to take welfare to get them through the rough patch. “[S]he didn’t like it. So she took work as a domestic servant whenever she could.”
In an article for the Washington Examiner, Jimmy Sengenberger wrote, “Given how influential your early life is in shaping how you view the world, it’s no wonder Williams devoted much of his life to exploring his passions of poverty alleviation and economic opportunity. He abhorred the simplicity and insincerity of the idea that the economic plight of the black community was due to capitalism and discrimination.”
Known as a strong advocate for school choice, for being pro-life and pro-capitalism, he spoke for organizations like Young America’s Foundation up until the last year of his life.
When looking back at the lives of great men and women who have championed liberty and personal responsibility most of their lives, it’s important to remember the best way to honor them is to take responsibility for what you can and continue their legacy.
Doctor Williams left shoes that will not be filled anytime soon. He was firm in his beliefs and stood unwavering for what he knew was true. When looking for the next leaders of the conservative movement, they should find people who are not looking for fame, but those who intend to do good for their nation and neighbors.
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