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Description: , Workmen's Circle ual Awards Banquet ~ 1997 Georgia of the Year 1997 CLARENCE WILLIAMS Area Director United Auto Workers Clarence was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1938. He attended Atlanta Public Schools - Gray Street Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School. After graduation, Clarence enlisted in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in 1958. In 1959 Clarence was employed by Merita Bakery and immediately joined American Bakery & Confectionery Workers Union. Clarence was employed by Ford Motor Company in 1963. He immediately joined UAW Local 882 where he served on various committees. From 1963 to 1965 he was Co-Chairman of the Constitution & By-Laws Committee. He served as Co-Chairman for the Community Service, Recreation and COPE Committees from 1965 to 1969. Clarence was cited for his leadership in 1969, and elected to work as an organizer for the Alliance for Labor Action Program. Alliance for Labor member unions were: Chemicals Workers of America; District 65 (now affiliated with UAW); Teamsters and United Auto Workers Union. He was elected as Vice President of his Local Union from 1974 to 1976, being the first Black to ever serve in this capacity. Was appointed to the Staffofthe International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America - UAWin 1979; and appointed as Area Director of the Atlanta Sub-Regional Office in 1990. Clarence attended Cornell University'S School ofIndustrial Relations - New York, New York; the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Springs, Maryland and Atlanta Area Technical School from 1973 to 1975 - special subjects being: Labor Law, Business Law and Business Economics. Clarence was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris to serve on the Georgia Council of Vocational Education in 1984. He was re-appointed by Governor ZeUMiller, and elected Vice Chairman of the Georgia Council on Vocational Education. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP, and received an award of appreciation from the NAACP. He received the William Oliver/J.R. Jones Civil Rights Award in June 1991. Member of Zion Hill Baptist Church - Deacon from 1984 to present. Serves as Labor Support Staff Member for the M.L. King Center for Non- Violent Social Change.
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Collection Information: Southern Labor Archives