From: "Imagenation Film Festival"
A Warrior for Civil Rights from Harlem to South Africa has died.
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce a warrior for civil rights from Harlem to South Africa has died. Canon Frederick B. Williams, 66, Chairman of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) since its inception 20 years ago, died in his apartment on Sunday, April 2, 2006. Canon Williams made tremendous contributions to the Harlem community and to the world at large. We at HCCI will miss his leadership, his laughter, his wise-cracking jokes and his smile.
Canon Williams will be memorialized at 11am, Monday, April 10, 2006 at Church of the Intercession, 550 West 155th Street (entrance on Broadway, near Amsterdam).
Moikgantsi Kgama, Founder & Gregory Gates, Executive Producer, Imagenation
What: Memorial Services for (The Reverend) Canon Frederick B. Williams, 20-year Chairman of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.
When: 11a.m., Monday, April 10, 2206
Where: 550 West 155th Street (enter at Amsterdam, near Broadway)
Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.
Remembrances About Canon Frederick B. Williams
Canon Williams was the Pastor Emeritus of the Episcopal Church of the Intercession in Harlem, New York, where he served 1972�2005 as the IXth Vicar and XIVth Rector. This institution is one of the first religious centers in the United States to initiate a programmatic response to the HIV-AIDS crisis. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the Interfaith Ecumenical Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) and was a key member of the leadership team that has developed over 2,000 units of new and rehabilitated housing in Harlem, the largest such undertaking in the history of New York City.
Recognized as a true �Patron of the Arts,� Canon Williams served since 1973 as chairman or trustee of almost every major African-American performing arts group in New York City. He was a Trustee of The Rockefeller Foundation; member of the Board of Advisors, New York City Landmarks Conservancy; Black Alumni of Pratt Institute advisory council; Trustee of the African Activists� Archive Project, Inc. and served for 10 years as Chair of the National Clergy Advisory Committee of the renowned Harlem Week of Prayer (the Balm in Gilead, Inc.). He was an advisor to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, whom he represented on the Board of Directors of PEACEJAM, Inc., an international peace education program for youth headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and sponsored by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates. He was been a visiting professor at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, the General Theological Seminary, New York City; and guest lecturer at several American and international institutions of higher learning. He has preached on six of the earth�s seven continents and is the founder of the International Conference on Afro-Anglicanism.
Canon Williams has a Bachelor�s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor�s degree in sacred theology from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City. He earned a Doctor of ministry degree from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in canon law by the National Theological Seminary of the Commonwealth University in St. Louis, MO, and an Honorary Doctor of divinity degree by the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1999, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sanctioned his admission to the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 2004 he was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for significant contributions to the nation, and was named by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce as one of Harlem�s 30 most influential citizens. He was the 2005 Baccalaureate Preacher at Columbia University, New York City.
Canon Williams is survived by a godson, several cousins and his extended family at HCCI and Church of the Intercession.
Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) is committed to the holistic revitalization of Harlem. We provide economic development and empowerment opportunities to help Harlem residents rebuild and sustain their community. History Founded in 1986, HCCI is a coalition of more than 90 inter-faith congregations that has implemented a comprehensive portfolio of programs to provide affordable housing and safe streets; offer opportunities for individuals and groups to become and remain economically independent; increase understanding of and access to health care; and provide substantive educational programs for adults and young people. Through alliances with other community organizations, elected officials and local residents, HCCI has also helped reduce crime in the community; increase public sanitation; and preserve and transform open space.
Founded in 1986, HCCI is a coalition of more than 90 inter-faith congregations that has implemented a comprehensive portfolio of programs to provide affordable housing and safe streets; offer opportunities for individuals and groups to become and remain economically independent; increase understanding of and access to health care; and provide substantive educational programs for adults and young people. Through alliances with other community organizations, elected officials and local residents, HCCI has also helped reduce crime in the community; increase public sanitation; and preserve and transform open space.
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Imagenation, Cinema for the People
P.O. Box 127
New York, NY 10030
Imagenation, a Harlem-based organization, was established in 1997 to counteract negative images and stereotypes that are propagated about people of color, through mass media; and, to establish a chain of independent art-house cinemas. Imagenation uses independent cinema and progressive music to foster solidarity and cross-cultural exchange throughout the African Diaspora, with special focus on the USA and South Africa.