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Cecil Williams is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He received a degree in Art from Claflin University.  Williams is a professional photographer, videographer, publisher and author of 6 books.

By the age of nine, he had already begun his career in photography, having fallen in love with the profession after acquiring a hand-me-down camera from his family. By 15, he was working professionally and as a freelancer for such publications as JET, the Afro-American and the Pittsburgh Courier and as a stringer for The Associated Press.

Over the years, Williams’ photographs have appeared in thousands of publications and featured in galleries around the country.  In the 1970s, he founded and published View South News, first as a quarterly magazine and later as a newspaper. Through the small press operation of his business, he has published many books for clients throughout the South.

In 1996, he was the writer, producer and director of “Freedom and Justice,” an 86-minute film documentary. His publication, “Freedom and Justice: Four Decades of the Civil Rights Movement As Seen By a Black Photographer of the Deep South,” is one of the most comprehensive sources of photographs from that era. In May 2006, he published a sequel photo-documentary entitled “Out of the Box in Dixie.”

In February 1994, Williams received a commendation from the S.C. General Assembly for the photographic exhibit “Quiet Heroes.” In August 1995, he was selected by the S.C. Arts Commission to participate as artist-in-residence at William A. Perry High School in Columbia.

In Oct. 1995, Williams received the Presidential Citation, awarded by President Henry N. Tisdale of Claflin University, for outstanding contributions to the college and community. In April 1996, Williams was featured as one of four civil rights photographers in a screening of “Exposures of a Movement” at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. In Feb. 2005, he was the featured presenter during the MLK program at Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Other honors include the Freedom Fighter Award, presented in 1994 by the Orangeburg Branch NAACP; Outstanding Young Men of America; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award, presented in 2005 by Delta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Orangeburg Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

For more than 20 years, Williams was the official yearbook photographer for South Carolina State University, Claflin University, the South Carolina NAACP and the National Conference of Black Mayors.

 

 

 

ORANGEBURG 1968

A Place and Time Remembered

by Sonny Dubose and Cecil Williams

Orangeburg 1968 documents one of the least remembered chapters of America s Civil Rights history the Orangeburg Massacre. On February 8, 1968, over 150 students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest the segregation policies of the town s only bowling alley. Amid escalating tensions, students protested by building a bonfire on the edge of the campus. State Highway Patrolmen fired live ammunition into the unarmed group in an attempt to end the protest. Killed were Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond, both students at South Carolina State University, and Delano Middleton, a 17-year-old Wilkinson High School student. The Orangeburg Massacre was the first incident of its kind on an American university campus but it received little national attention and almost no mention in histories of the Civil Rights Movement. In producing this outstanding volume, Sonny DuBose and Cecil Williams compiled interviews and photographs of living participants and observers. In addition, participants are included interviewed by Avery Research Institute College of Charleston. Williams exclusive and extraordinary photographs from this publication will also be featured in 10 seconds in Orangeburg, a PBS documentary scheduled in March 2008 and Black Magic, an ESPN program.

  • ISBN-10: 0944514332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944514337

 Hardcover $75.00**

 

 

Out-of-the-Box in Dixie

Now in the second edition...The missing history! The unrecorded quiet heroism! Spanning more than a half century of racial change from Briggs v. Elliott in 1949 to the Rally for the Removal of the Confederate Flag in 2000, Cecil Williams' expansive volume explores the Civil Rights Movement from the inside perspective of an activist and photojournalist. This is the story of people who changed the course of United States history and caused the national office of the NAACP to redirect its approach from suing separate but equal facilities to challenging segregation as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 'The Orangeburg Freedom Movement,' the second wave was the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which many historians claim was the beginning of America's Civil Rights Movement. Until recently, few people have heard of Briggs v. Elliott or the Orangeburg Freedom Movement. Readers will be enlightened by the indisputable photographic record of Cecil Williams as he profiles the heroic people in South Carolina who sacrificed for democratic reform and societal change

 
  • ISBN-10: 0944514766   ISBN-13: 978-0944514764
  • Hardcover $75.00**
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Freedom and Justice: Four Decades of the Civil Rights Struggle as Seen by a Black Photographer of the Deep South

Eyewitness account of the legally segregated South of the 1950s.  These moving photographs show people risking their lives to confront segregation and racism. 

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  • ISBN-10: 0865544786 ISBN-13: 978-0865544789
  • Hardcover $75.00**
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Coming December 2014

 

Unforgettable All the Memories We Left Behind: The Art, Design, and Photography of Cecil Williams, 1950-2013

Hardcover 224 pages

ISBN 10: 0944514308

ISBN 13: 9780944514306

$75.00**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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