Episode 6 – The 2020 Election: Is History Repeating Itself?

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On This Episode

Co-hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia have a candid conversation with Gideon’s Promise Ambassador and SCLC Cobb County Chapter President, Dr. H. Benjamin Williams about the parallels he sees with the movement in the 50’s and 60’s and what is happening today. They will discuss how this critical election impacts the pandemic, the racial justice movement and the future of public defense in this country.  Dr. Williams serves as the community voice within this moment in time. Check it out!


About The Guests

Dr. H. Benjamin Williams is the President of the Cobb County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  He has devoted his life to social justice and has been instrumental in moving the needle towards equity for marginalized communities impacted by injustice.  Williams believes the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement still lives on and views that it is part of his responsibility to demonstrate, guide and support the next generation of justice leaders.

Williams is a retired educator with more than 30 years of service in public schools, higher education and community organizations. The foundation of Dr. Williams’ professional preparation was established at Cheyney State College, the world’s oldest historically Black college. His advanced degrees in the areas of curriculum leadership, policy science, and system development were earned at Rhode Island College and Boston University, respectively.

He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Dr. Sharon Davis Williams.

You’ll Learn About

  • Why is it so important to vote, especially during this current election?
  • Can we compare the movement of the 50’s and 60’s to our current civil rights movement of today?
  • How has the pandemic affected the movement?
  • How will this election affect public defense?

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Further Reading

Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice (2020) by Jonathan Rapping.