The Leon Williams Papers document three decades of William's public service career, and includes news clippings, photos, correspondence, invitations,
public appearance forms, public opinions, campaign information, reports, ordinances, plaques, certificates of achievement,
various committee files, and conference minutes. During his time on city council, Williams advocated land use programs, revitalization
of older neighborhoods, and the use of public transportation. The majority of the material dates from about 1970 to the late
1990's, and highlights these aspects of Williams' career. The collection is divided into five series: Campaign Files (1969-1994), Conference Files (1974-2000), Professional Files (1966-2003), Personal Files (1961-2006), and News Clippings (1969-2002).
Leon Williams was born in Oklahoma, but moved to Bakersfield, California during the Great Depression. He received a BA in
psychology from San Diego State College in 1950. He also studied law and public policy. After graduating, he worked as a social
worker in the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Later, Williams worked for the Urban League, a movement dedicated to "empowering
African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream," and became the director for the Neighborhood Youth Corps Program,
which helped underprivileged youth in San Diego by offering job placement services and educational opportunities. Williams
was also active on the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC), which worked to combat racism and alleviate racial tension specific
to San Diego neighborhoods.
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