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File #: 210941    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/18/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/18/2021
Title: Recognizing the work and contributions of attorney and grassroots community activist Leon A. Williams Esq., whose political involvement as an independent candidate inspired a reimagining of the criminal justice system and laid the groundwork for future generations of innovative public servants in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature21094100
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
11/18/20210 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and Moved to Be Placed on This Week's Final Passage Calendar - Rules Suspended   Action details Not available
11/18/20210 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED   Action details Not available
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Recognizing the work and contributions of attorney and grassroots community activist Leon A. Williams Esq., whose political involvement as an independent candidate inspired a reimagining of the criminal justice system and laid the groundwork for future generations of innovative public servants in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, Leon Aristotle Williams, Esq. was born on August 7, 1948 and grew up in North Philadelphia, sharing a home with his parents, Louise and Eugene Williams, and his five siblings. Mr.Williams attended Reynolds Elementary School, Strawberry Mansion and Thomas Fitz-Simons Junior High School; and

WHEREAS, As a middle school student, Mr. Williams was discouraged from testing into a specialized high school by his school principal because of his perceived academic ability. Mr. Williams became determined to attend Dobbins, a specialized high school, and eventually passed the entrance exam. Passing the entrance exam helped him realize at a young age that he would need to rely on his confidence in his abilities rather than the perceptions of others. He graduated from Murrell Dobbins High School in 1966; and

WHEREAS, Upon graduating from Dobbins, Mr. Williams worked at a foundry, making $1.25 an hour melting metals and making castings until 1968, when he was drafted to serve in the military during the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS, He served in the military for two years, and his deployment to Vietnam was his first time traveling outside of the Philadelphia region. Mr. Williams was greeted into the war zone with bullets flying past his window; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Williams returned from his military service in 1970 and enrolled in Community College of Philadelphia the next year, where he earned his first "A," inspiring confidence that he could be as successful as his caucasian peers in a college classroom; and

WHEREAS, While attending CCP, multiple professors became invested in his academic growth, including Dr. Frederick Burton. Dr. Bur...

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