**FILE** Eddie Williams (left) shakes hands with then-President Bill Clinton (Courtesy of Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies)
**FILE** Eddie Williams (left) shakes hands with then-President Bill Clinton (Courtesy of Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies)

Eddie N. Williams, founder of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, died Monday in D.C. He was 84.

The coalition issued the following statement on the passing of its founding chair:

“Mr. Williams was a visionary leader, scholar, journalist and renaissance man who served our nation with distinction, style and grace. Mr. Williams’ legacy will go down in history as a servant leader who understood the power of information, the power of the vote; and the power of political, economic and social justice for black Americans and all people to achieve their dreams and live their best lives. The National Coalition asks that you keep the Williams family in prayers and condolences in the loss of their loved one.”

Williams also served as president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies from 1972-2004, where he built it into the epicenter of black political thought and research.

Under his leadership, the Joint Center built a roster of more than 10,000 black elected officials.

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