December 3, 2022

About Me

Growing Up

He was born and raised in Louisiana, in the Tensas Parish. Louisiana is made of Parishes as opposed to counties in his residing state of Nevada. Within each Parish, there are three towns 10 miles apart from each other. Every child within the Parish (2,500) attended the same school. Williams lived in the area that had the greatest population decline in the US during the time. It was a very rural, small town. It was the poorest parish in the town. Teachers had no place to live in because of the economic circumstance so they often lived with the students. This was the case with Williams. Although it was unfortunate, it brought the community together and allowed them to all truly care for one another and build a close-knit community. His entire family is made up of teachers. He came from five generations of educators. His entire family valued education highly and put it up on a pedestal. This led him to become an educator himself and accomplish all of the incredible things he went on to do.

Career
Highlights

1982

1986

1990

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE

Founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King Committee of Las Vegas and the annual Dr. King Parade, Nevada's largest parade. Before the parade itself, there are 8-10 days of King week. It is a time of celebrating and helping one another and coming together as a community. The takeaway message is meant to be a time of getting along as humans should.

NEVADA LEGISLATURE - FIRST BLACK SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY

He then served in Nevada’s legislature beginning in 1986, advocating for education initiatives with the belief that education is “one way to improve society.” He served 16 years as Chairman of the Committee of Education. Prior to this he was an educator on the Clark County District for 11 years.

STRAIGHT TALK

Founder of KCEP 88.1 radio's first community and longest running talk show "Straight Talk"

1982

WENDEL P WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY/STREET

CCSD honored his commitment to education by naming a school after him in 2002: Wendell P. Williams Elementary School. Not only does he have a school named after him but a street in Las Vegas, NV as well.

Education/Bills

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

Southern University - Historically Black College or University

MASTERS IN EDUCATION

Southern University - Historically Black College or University

BILLS

75+ bills passed during his terms

Articles

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An interview about Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He goes more in depth about how the parade went, how it was executed, and more.

Williams is interivew by Nevada's Treasuerer, Zack Coninie. He speaks on his early life, how he got to his current positon, and his future projects.

Williams is interviewed here by the Las Vegas Black Image. He talks about his life and his roles and experience in the government.

Wikipedia

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