Activist Roy Williams dies at 77


On March 6, the Austin community lost a legend, Roy Williams, of the 1200 block North Menard. Mr. Roy, as the neighborhood kids affectionately called him, was still extremely involved in the community at the age of 77. He held several seats of leadership, including president of the Community Warriors and Block Club Committee. He worked with Austin’s community leader, Mrs. Rosetta Guy, several aldermen, pastors and the Mayor’s Office with efforts to address the needs of the community in any way. He worked at many polling places during elections, was a 25th District Police Dept. CAPS representative, a member of the Noble Neighbors group, and Austin Coming Together.

But his service went beyond the Austin Area. He was instrumental in making better accommodations at the St. Francis Outreach Homeless Shelter, 2715 W. Harrison St., regarding moving the Christmas concert indoors rather than having people outside in the cold.

“It finally happened after years of trying,” Mrs. Guy said. This was one of Roy’s greatest accomplishments for the homeless shelter.


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