"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." 

- Alice Walker, American novelist, poet, and activist

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In this interview…
In this interview, indefatigable community activist L. Joy Williams parallels the organizing methods of the Civil Rights era with contemporary movements.  With the surge of women seeking elected office nationwide, she lists the critical questions everyone should ask themselves before running for office, and explains how any movement should balance its strategizing tactics for maximum effectiveness.

Photo Credit: Brigitte Sombié

Photo Credit: Brigitte Sombié

L. Joy Williams | @ljoywilliams

L. Joy Williams is a national political strategist, media thought leader, public speaker, and social justice advocate.

She is a trusted strategic adviser to elected leaders and organizations across the country and is sought after by various media outlets for her expertise in politics, civic engagement, and social justice. L. Joy is the Founder and Principal of New York-based consulting firm LJW Strategies, President of the Brooklyn NAACP, National Board Member of PAC+ and founding Chairman of Higher Heights for America, the organization leading the charge in supporting women candidates nationwide.

She is the current President of Brooklyn NAACP having previously served as the 1st Vice President and an At-Large Board member. She is the youngest adult branch President in the state of New York and one of a handful of branch presidents under the age of 45 in the country. L. Joy leads a generationally diverse all-volunteer branch which works tirelessly to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all in Brooklyn.


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?"

-Martin Luther King, Jr,

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