March 13, 2023
Over his career, Luther Williams has seen the impact of racist education standards and a lack of Black representation in science.
Williams is a retired biologist and academic administrator. He spent several decades working as a faculty member, provost, and president at universities across the country. In 1993, President Bill Clinton recognized his work at the National Science Foundation creating opportunities for African Americans. Despite his success, Williams is quick to note that he’s been the first and only Black professor within many of the biology departments at predominantly white universities that he has worked.
As states increase their restrictions of Black history content in schools, Williams thinks the stories and faith of Black scientists can help inspire equity and climate activism.