Let us Always Remember Individual’s Sacrifices
Avon Williams, 72, Lawyer Who Fought To End Segregation
By JAMES BARRON
Published: August 31, 1994
Avon N. Williams Jr., a civil rights lawyer and former State Senator in Tennessee, died on Monday at Meharry-Hubbard Hospital in Nashville. He was 72.
Elected to the State Senate in 1968, he was one of the first blacks to serve in that body since the Civil War. As a Senator, he pressed to put guidance counselors in elementary schools, to make kindergarten classes mandatory and to build a new football stadium for Tennessee State University. He retired from the Legislature in 1990 and was named legislator of the year by the Black Caucus in 1991.