A native of Marion, South Carolina, Williams was reared on the family’s tobacco farm with nine other siblings. He displayed an early gift for public speaking, winning a high school orating contest in 1976. Graduating in 1981 from South Carolina State University, he received his B.A. in Political Science and English.
An entrepreneur and third-generation Republican, Armstrong Williams was formerly Vice President for governmental and international affairs public relations firm, B& C Associations. He also served as confidential assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, legislative assistant to the U.S. Representative Carrol Campbell (former governor of South Carolina) and legislative aide and advisor to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.
In 1991, Williams began his radio career at WOL Radio, 1450 AM, in Washington, DC. In 1995, Williams’ local show was syndicated by The Talk America Radio Network. In 1998 Williams united with The Salem Radio Network which syndicated his national radio show to 26 of the top radio markets in the country. In 2002, he reunited with the Newark, New Jersey based Talk America Radio Network.
From 2002 to 2005 Williams hosted “On Point” with Armstrong Williams, a monthly primetime television special that aired on cable network TV One. A joint venture among Comcast, Radio One, and Right Side Production, On Point with Armstrong Williams included distinguished guests such as Vice President Richard Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
In 2004, Williams was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. The Commission’s responsibility is to select qualified candidates to serve as Fellows to Cabinet-rank offices. Past fellows have included Vice president Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
Williams has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR as a guest commentator. He joined the lineup at WWRL 1600 A.M., New York’s Urban Talk in March 2005 as co-host with Sam Greenfield on Drive Time Dialogue. He now co-hosts “The Sam and Army” show at Air America Radio AM1600 WWRL, New York’s Progressive Talk from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (EST.) with Sam Greenfield.
Williams is a National Board member of The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity that was founded in 1994 by Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife Candy, to recognize and reward students in grades 4-11 who strive for academic excellence (3.75 GPA or higher) and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community. Mr. Williams also serves as a Board member for the Youth Leadership Foundation, an educational program designed specifically for the “majority in the middle” students to prevent them from falling behind and to prepare them for a higher academic track.
Lastly, Williams is the CEO and Founder of the Graham Williams Group and The Right Side Production, Inc., an international public relations and media firm based in Washington, D.C., with clients in entertainment, politics, business, and charitable organizations.
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