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date: 29 March 2020

Williams, Leon Lawson locked

(21 July 1922– ),
  • Robert Fikes

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politician and public administrator, was born in Weeletka, Oklahoma, the eldest son of the twelve children of Lloyd Williams, a laborer, and Elvira Lott. Williams moved with his impoverished family to Bakersfield, California, during the Great Depression in 1934. Soon after his graduation from Kern County Union High School in 1941, Williams settled in San Diego, California, where he found work as a mechanic's helper at the North Island Naval Air Station. In 1946 he married Dorothy Nisley. Williams enrolled in courses at San Diego City College in 1947 and, after completing military duty in the army air corps, became a full-time student at San Diego State College, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1950. As a college student, in 1947 and 1948 Williams along with some fellow black and white students under the direction and training of ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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