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  • In Memory of Judge Leonard Williams

    by Representative John C. Carney Jr.

    Posted on 2013-03-14

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    CARNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) [[Page H1405]] Mr. CARNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember Judge Leonard Williams, who died recently at age 78.

    Judge Williams was one of Delaware's most prominent civil rights leaders and a successful lawyer and judge in Wilmington. Judge Williams spent his life breaking barriers and paving the way for others. Judge Williams was one of the first African American students to integrate the University of Delaware and was the first African American on its football team.

    Judge Williams was the longtime law partner of Louis Redding, the Wilmington lawyer who argued Delaware's Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court.

    He was a friend and mentor to countless members of our community. Judge Williams was part of the Greatest Generation of African Americans, those who fought the often lonely fight for civil rights and justice, enduring struggle and hardship to make our State and our country a better place for everyone. His presence in the State of Delaware, and particularly in my home city of Wilmington, will be sorely missed.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


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