DeKalb Honors Late Civil Rights Leader and Former County Commissioner Hosea Williams

DeKalb County honored civil rights leader, philanthropist, former DeKalb County Commissioner and resi-dent, the late Hosea Williams, with a special proclamation on March 10, 2015. Williams’ daughter Elisabeth Omilami accepted the proclamation on behalf of her father.


The Rev. Hosea Williams helped lead the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, John Lewis and many others who joined their fight for equality. Williams led the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, the event now known as Bloody Sunday, and was instrumental in the push to pass the Voting Rights Act.


In 1971, Williams and his wife Juanita founded Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless (HFTH). The Chris-tian international aid organization has distributed more than $3 billion in food and clothing as well as medical, educational, toiletry, furniture and cleaning supplies to 16 Georgia counties, three states and to the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Uganda. In addition to his work in civil rights and philanthropy, Williams was elected to and served on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners from 1990-1994.


A video detailing Hosea Williams’ legacy and service to the County can be found via DCTV’s YouTube channel at


DeKalb County is Georgia’s third largest county with more than 700,000 residents calling it home. Known for its business and education hub, growing international community and natural wonders, DeKalb County Gov-ernment is administered by Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May and legislative policy is set by a seven-member Board of Commissioners.


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