Frederick Williams holds a graduate degree from Indiana University. He worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Birch Bayh as a legislative aide. Mr. Williams assisted in the drafting and management of the first Senate legislative proposal to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. He also assisted in the creation of the African American Studies minor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He designed and taught a number of classes to include, African American Political Thought, African American Politics, African American Literature from Phyllis Wheatley to the Black Arts Movement, Politics of the Civil Rights Movement, and a course on Novelists of the Harlem Renaissance. He also taught a creative writing course at the university.
Mr. Williams teaches creative writing courses for Black Writers on Tour in Los Angeles, California, for the Zora Neale Hurston Festival Education Day in Eatonville, Florida, and for Gemini Ink, a literary agency in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of four novels, has ghost written three autobiographies, and has edited numerous works to include, The Color of Strength: Embracing the Passion of Our Culture, an anthology of short stories, essays and short autobiographies, with a special section “Legacies of Courage.”
Professor Williams was named one of the four recipients of the “Men of the Year Award,” by San Antonio Magazine. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Arts and Letters Award from the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library.