Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Race Consciousness

BOND: Let me switch to the topic black leadership. How does race consciousness affect your work? Do you see yourself as a leader who advances issues of race or society or both? Is there a difference? Is there such a thing a race - transcending leader, somebody who transcends race? It's a lot of questions.

WILLIAMS: Well, let me answer the last part first. I think President Barack Obama transcends race. I think that's the real important aspect of his presidency for our country. I think he gave Americans a chance to really feel good about themselves in the 21st century and now he's an outstanding leader. It really was a privilege for me to serve in his administration.