Loretta Janice Williams


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Loretta Janice Williams
November 1, 1937 – June 11, 2015
African Meeting House, Boston

  • Born November 1, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts; educated at Girls Latin High School
  • Later in life, after divorce and widowhood, graduated from Simmons College, then earned a doctorate in sociology from SUNY Buffalo
  • Taught at the University of Missouri, the State University of New York, the Women’s Theological Center, and Boston University
  • Founding Chair of the US National Interreligious Commission on Civil Rights
  • Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Working Group convened by the US National Council of Churches
  • Chair of the Mozambique Support Network USA
  • Director of the Section on Social Responsibility with the Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Director of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights
  • President of Racial Justice Connection
  • Helped convene the Black Concerns Working Group mandated by the 1985 UUA General Assembly
  • Chaired the board of Political Research Associates, Inc.
  • Honored in 2011 by Community Change, Inc. for her lifelong work toward creating a more just world for all people