Inspired to join the Civil Rights Movement after being savagely beaten by a group of angry whites for drinking out of their water fountain despite having served in World War II, Hosea Williams played a major role in organizing demonstrations in St. Augustine, Florida and other cities throughout the south. Williams led the first attempt to march from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama.
Though Hosea Williams never held national political office, Williams was elected to Atlanta's City Council. He also continued to fight for justice for the poor and homeless. Williams lost his three-year battle with cancer in 2000. His family continues to honor his legacy by continuing to help feed and clothe the homeless.