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Armstrong R. Williams
A strong voice for Christian and conservative values, Armstrong Williams was named one of the most recognized conservative voices in America by the Washington Post. Williams has spoken out strongly on such issues as abortion, affirmative action, and welfare, endorsing merit as the only legitimate basis for advancement. He is a businessman, journalist, and public commentator.
In 1980, Williams served as a legislative aide to Strom Thurmond, whom he views as a primary mentor. After working as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Williams served as an assistant to Clarence Thomas from 1983 to 1986 while Thomas served as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Coalition (EEOC).
In 1986, Williams entered the field of public relations as a vice president with B&C Associates, and in 1990, he collaborated with Stedman Graham to create the Graham Williams Group, an international public relations firm. Today, Williams sits on boards for organizations including The Carson Scholars Foundation, Inc., The Youth Leadership Foundation, and The Independence Federal Bank Board of Directors. In 2004, Williams appointed to the President\'s Commission on White House Fellows, joining individuals including Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and Elaine Chao.
Williams attracted the nation\'s attention in 1991 when he testified during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. He published numerous articles in defense of Thomas against the claims of Anita Hill.
By 1991, he launched his first radio show, The Right Side with Armstrong Williams. In 2002, he established Right Side Productions, and from 2002 through 2005, he hosted On Point, a monthly primetime television show. Williams\' radio show is broadcast daily on Sirius XM radio.