Birmingham is not a new city to me. I was born and rise here. I grew up in the Titusville community and most people know who I am. They might not know my given name, but around these parts, I am known as Twin. That’s because I had a twin brother and we were almost inseparable. I am the third child of five born to Albert Williams Sr., a retired warehouse working and Dorothy L. Hampton, a caregiver. I have three brothers and one sister. We were not rich, but my parents always made sure my siblings and I had what we needed. One thing my parents were rich in was love, correction, and wisdom. They taught me to love others, respect my elders, and do what is right. Till this very day, I hold those same morals and words of wisdom wherever I do because I know they will carry me far in life.
My parents always bestowed in me the importance of having a good education in order to build a foundation of having a productive life. I went to Booker T. Washington School and a proud graduate of A.H. Parker High School. From my youth, I was fascinated with business and technology with participating in several clubs relating to those fields give me the foundation to be creative and inspirational. From high school, I studied at Alabama State University, Miles College, and Liberty University. In 2001, I accepted by calling as a minister and was ordained two years later where I established an outreach ministry known as Great I Am Ministries Outreach International. I had a short career in the military in the late 1990’s, but was medically discharge due to a disability. But that did not stop me from want to learn all that I can. In 2004, I became a published author with a writing career expanding 13 years, a career in freelance website designer in 2007, and received a web development certification in 2014.
Even though, I lived in Virginia for 17 years, I never forgotten about Birmingham. I kept up with the news and the people of the city through my mother and the media. What I saw was a deterioration of a beloved city and the people crying out for true leadership. I knew I had to return and see what the fuss was all about. The stories I heard were sad. People no longer feel safe in their homes due to thief, prostitution, and drugs, the neighborhoods are filled with blight, and no opportunities for growth and development. After seeing these things and talking to people, I was compel to run for city council. Not because of the love for politics but for the love to serve others. I must admit, this is the first time I ever ran for public office so I don’t know the total ins and outs behind it. All I know is that I have a compassion for people, I want to serve people, and I want to make a difference. I believe to be a great city leader, you must understand what the people are going through. I been through or still going through some of the pain the people in my neighborhood are going through. I cannot reach my city leaders when I have a problem. It’s difficult to find help when I really need it. I feel that what I work so hard for might be taken away from me by thieves. I feel my neighborhood is wasting away. The madness must stop. It’s time for a change and I believe change is coming soon. With me as your city councilor, you will always have access to me (i.e. telephone, postal mail, email, social media). I will take time out to listen to your concerns, work with you to come up with solutions to your problems, and fight for you to obtain all that you need. You, the people, are my number one priority. Some battle may be won. Some battles may be lost, but I will stand behind you and fight on your behalf. I want to you to retain trust in your councilor and I will not forget the people that place me in office. It’s like working in retail. If there are no customers, a sales associate will have no job. I take those same principles I learned in working in retail and plan on using them to run District 6. I know that without you (the people), there is no me.
It’s time out for the lying, the secrets, the dishonesty, and the back-biting. You will never find yourself until you face the truth. All of those things in District 6 will come to a rapid end. Change is coming. So get ready for the ride. You (the people) and me, we can make a difference. I cannot do it alone. I need your help. With your help, I am able to fulfill my duty to serve the people in such a way that they will be safe, secure, happy. That is my mission. That is my destiny. I come in faith, I speak in faith, I leave in faith.