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John B. Williams

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John B. Williams

John Williams served in the Army during World War II in one of the final horse-cavalry units. Once his unit shipped overseas, it was reformed into a heavy pontoon engineer battalion, and he served in combat in southern France and Germany. After the war, John attended Ohio State University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in commercial art and advertising. He later secured a job with the U.S. Postal Service where he designed mail delivery system training aids. John became a volunteer activist in 1974 when he filed a class action complaint of discrimination against management at the Columbus Post Office. This led to the implementation of an Affirmative Action Plan that removed politics from the postal promotion process, creating equal employment opportunities for minorities and women. Later, he co-founded, and was a charter member and first Chair of the Trustees of the Reeb-Hosack Community Baptist Church, where he continues to serve as Chair of Media, Public Relations, and Church History ministries. John has written many columns for the Call and Post and Columbus Post newspapers. His work with the South Linden Area Commission and as a board member of St. Stephen Community House was instrumental in uniting independent block watches into the Greater Linden Block Watch Alliance, which he co-founded. He has also been the Publicity Chair for the Linden Operation Pride Task Force and a member of the Community Identity Team for the South Linden Strategic Marketing Program. In addition, John served as Trustee/Treasurer of the Urban Development Corporation, a subsidiary of the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation. John’s favorite saying is, “I’d rather wear out in serving others, than rust out in idle retirement.”