Skip to main content

MR. MACK WILLIAMS: AUTHOR, POLITICAL RADIO COMMERCIALS PRODUCER AND FATHER

He is the author of Voices From The Blue States, a much talked about and highly acclaimed anthology of essays that reflect a cross section of American political thought which can be found on the shelf of Barnes & Nobles stores or online at, for example, www.Amazon.com. He is the producer of political radio commercials. He is a husband and a father. He is Mr. Mack Williams and he carved out time from his very developing schedule to chat with me about his role models, his interest in politics, the most rewarding and challenging aspects of Fatherhood and his future.

D.A. Sears, Managing Editor - IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)

So, who were Mr. Williams’ role models as he made the journey from childhood to manhood?

“Without a doubt my biggest role models were my parents, Mack and Winnie Williams. In addition to them, I had a number of older cousins and uncles that I admired and looked up to as well. Like many kids, there were athletes and entertainers that I looked up to such as Earl Monroe, Julius Erving, Muhammad Ali, Cleon Jones, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder -- but more so from a standpoint of admiring their artistry as opposed to looking at them as role models,” he recalls. “As I moved into adulthood, I began to really admire historical figures that really gave of themselves and sacrificed so much for the benefit of us all. Naturally Dr. King and Malcolm come to mind, but another such man was Jackie Robinson. Muhammad Ali falls into that category as well.”

I noted that Mr. Williams had authored a book entitled, Voices From The Blue States, which is a compilation of essays authored by individuals from diverse geographic locations. I wanted to know why he decided to author an anthology of political essays.

“I did so because this administration would have you believe that there is only one point of view out there on so many issues, or at the very least, one point of view that reflects the thoughts and opinions of patriotic Americans. I wanted to put something out which showcased the feelings of some of the sixty million people that voted against this President, and are appalled at many of the actions taken by this administration.”

What sparked his interest in politics?

“Once again, my parents,” Williams replied. “We watched the nightly news each evening at dinner, which sparked discussions about national and world affairs. I have been a political junkie, so to speak, since the age of ten, if not earlier.”

The discussion moved to Williams’ production of political radio commercials. I asked him to talk about his work.

“One thing that I am passionate about is African Americans taking advantage of everything that can be gotten out of the political process. In light of the fact that so many in previous generations gave so much -- including their lives, in many cases -- in order to secure the right to vote, I feel that we dishonor their memory when we do not make the best usage of the political system. I more or less combine my interest in writing, music, and politics to create radio commercials that bring forth this message,” he explained.

The fact that Mr. Williams is a Father was not lost on me. When I asked him to talk about the most challenging and rewarding aspects of Fatherhood, he offered the following:

“The most rewarding aspects of Fatherhood are the day-to-day experiences you have with your child or children, as well as seeing them grow and move towards adulthood guided by the principles you have given them. One of the most challenging aspects, on the other hand, is watching them move towards adulthood in the midst of all of the issues they are liable to encounter nowadays, many of which were not present when we were at similar ages.”

I asked Mr. Williams if, in his view, we are adequately preparing our children for their future roles and responsibilities as spouses and parents? What key pieces of information should we share with our children about their future roles and responsibilities as spouses and parents? At what age should we begin sharing this information with our children?

“That's an interesting question,” he remarked thoughtfully. “In a sense, I believe that the best preparation we can give our children in this area is to be the type of spouses and parents we should be. In that case, our children will see what their future roles and responsibilities will be -- and theoretically they will be able to see this from ‘Day One’.”

Are we, collectively, providing our children with the tools that they will need to successfully compete in a global marketplace? Is this a responsibility that lies solely with parents? Or is it a responsibility that should be shared by our academic institutions, religious institutions and concerned adults in our community?

“With ‘it takes a village’ in mind, I would have to say that it is a shared responsibility of all of the above,” says Williams.

And what’s next for Mack Williams?

“I once had a manager whose motto was ‘be flexible’ -- and I have taken his words to heart -- being ready to modify the course when necessary. That said, I hope to continue with more literary projects, as well as musical projects. My next book, soon to be out, is an anthology of short stories by a bunch of outstanding writers, to be entitled ‘Midnight Confessions.’ Shortly thereafter I hope to come out with an anthology of essays on one of my favorite subjects, with a working title of Brothers And Sisters On Baseball. I should make mention of the fact that I am still looking for a few contributors to Brothers And Sisters On Baseball, so if you or someone you know might be interested in being one, hit me with an e-mail at mcwstar@aol.com. In addition, I hope that as we move through this year and towards 2008, I am able to become one of the people thought of and called upon for political radio commercials focusing on the African-American community.”

* * *

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DRAWING A STRAIGHT LINE TO RECIDIVISM, SUSTAINABILITY, AND RENEWED PROSPERITY IN PHILADELPHIA

Heralded by many as the “Next Great American City”, the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the City of Philadelphia is on the move.  Real estate developers are transforming an area between Market and Chestnut Streets spanning from 11th to 12th Streets once considered the epicenter of Philadelphia into East Market, a towering and expansive structure which will be home to residential units, restaurants, retail outlets, and office space. Looking westward, a cluster of gleaming glass and steel skyscrapers which rise above the end of the Walnut Street Bridge and which appear to obfuscate the line of demarcation between the City of Philadelphia’s downtown business district, University City, and the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania come into view .. These developments are helping to create excitement about Philadelphia. Despite the perceived “renewed prosperity” of Philadelphia’s downtown business district an…

MEN'S HEALTH ADVOCATE, MUSIC PRODUCER, ARRANGER, SONGWRITER AND SINGER MR. GREG BEST TO SPEAK AT THIRD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS TELECONFERENCE 6 NOVEMBER 2016

The USA International Men’s Day Team has disclosed that Men’s Mental Health Advocate, arranger, music producer, songwriter and singer Mr. Greg Best will be featured as a speaker at the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference on Sunday, 6 November 2016 beginning at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.). “Voices Of Our Fathers” is the theme for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference which leads up to the United States’ observance of 2016 International Men’s Day (www.imd-global.org) on Saturday, 19 November 2016. The general public is encouraged to join Mr. Best in the teleconference by dialing the following conference call number: 712-775-7031 and access code: 803 828. To register for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys Teleconference and to learn more about the event, please visit the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-annual-international-day-of-prayer-for-men-and-boys-nat…

SEEING INVISIBLE MEN AND BOYS: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.

On 19 November 2015, a panel discussion was held at the Student Activity Center at The University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean). It was spearheaded by an undergraduate female student, Ms. Michelle Roopnarine, and featured Dr. John Gedeon of the University's Office of Planning and Development; Ramia Coleman, the Chairman of the all-male Hall of Residence on campus; and Jonathan St. Louis-Nahous, the Guild of Students' Representative for Part-time and Evening Students. The panel successfully generated some interest and lively discussion among a cross-section of students on campus and across faculties. During the past five years, similar small scale observances have been held on campus. Despite this recognition many students and members of the public are still unaware of the existence of International Men’s Day.
From 1999, International Men’s Day was tailored and revamped to continue building the global Men’s Movement and promote an ideology that…