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General Information

Name:  Ted Williams  

Pen Name: Ted Williams III

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1976 in Palos Heights, IL.


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Williams was born in Palos Heights and now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ted Williams III has taught Political Science at Wright College, Chicago State University, and currently is the Chairman of the Social Science Department at Kennedy-King College. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Rutgers University, and is the host of WYCC-PBS television’s ''The Professors'' weekly talk show. He has provided political commentary for BET-TV, WGN-TV, NBC-TV, Upfront with Jesse Jackson, PRI’s Smiley and West, WVON radio, and a host of periodicals including Trumpet Magazine and Capital Commentary. He is a highly sought-after speaker and spokesperson and has appeared in commercials and training videos for companies including McDonald’s, Empire Carpet, Six Flags, Federal Express, Kraft, and Accenture. Additionally, he is the author of the semi-autobiographical production TORN the Musical, and of the book ''The Way Out: Christianity, Politics, and the Future of the African American Community''. Williams is a co-founder of The Way Christian Ministries, a non-de nominational church in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, and is a former candidate for the Chicago City Council. He considers his most important work his role as a mentor to young people and as a husband and father to Roslyn and their three beautiful children, Gabrielle, Amaris, and Ted IV.

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