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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ted Williams  

Pen Name: Ted Williams III

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1976 in Palos Heights, IL.

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Williams was born in Palos Heights and now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ted Williams III has taught Political Science at Wright College, Chicago State University, and currently is the Chairman of the Social Science Department at Kennedy-King College. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Rutgers University, and is the host of WYCC-PBS television’s ''The Professors'' weekly talk show. He has provided political commentary for BET-TV, WGN-TV, NBC-TV, Upfront with Jesse Jackson, PRI’s Smiley and West, WVON radio, and a host of periodicals including Trumpet Magazine and Capital Commentary. He is a highly sought-after speaker and spokesperson and has appeared in commercials and training videos for companies including McDonald’s, Empire Carpet, Six Flags, Federal Express, Kraft, and Accenture. Additionally, he is the author of the semi-autobiographical production TORN the Musical, and of the book ''The Way Out: Christianity, Politics, and the Future of the African American Community''. Williams is a co-founder of The Way Christian Ministries, a non-de nominational church in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, and is a former candidate for the Chicago City Council. He considers his most important work his role as a mentor to young people and as a husband and father to Roslyn and their three beautiful children, Gabrielle, Amaris, and Ted IV.


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Titles At Your Library

The Way Out: Christianity, Politics, and the Future of the African-American Community
ISBN: 1620324733

Wipf & Stock. 2014

The African-American community represents a paradox of sorts. While collective success has been achieved in many areas, African-Americans still disproportionately suffer from a variety of social ills. The residual effects from years of slavery and exclusion from the major institutions of American life are still trenchant. Yet, there is hope. As we move forward into a new millennium, our greatest answers can be found by exploring the past. The Christian faith has served as a sustaining force that has been the backbone of this community for generations. This faith, along with a holistic commitment to family, political participation, education, and entrepreneurship, are the key to its future. The Way Out tackles this issue with a mature voice that represents a juxtaposition of faith and public policy. It rejects the culture of partisan gridlock, racial division, and religious cynicism by fostering a fresh and pluralistic discourse about the greatest solutions for our most pressing civic challenges. From the experienced policymaker to the common citizen wanting to make a difference, The Way Out provides tangible solutions through which we can all find ways to engage. It stands firmly at the intersection of religion, race, politics, and culture to light a clear path forward.