Armstrong Williams delivers self-reliance message in Charleston

Armstrong Williams delivers self-reliance message in Charleston
February 24 16:02 2020 Print This Article

Conservative commentator and media entrepreneur Armstrong Williams was the keynote speaker at the Charleston County Republican Party’s third annual Black History Month Banquet Friday. Williams delivered a message about self-reliance and aspirations. “I have never experienced racism in my life,” Williams stated. “My life has been about striving. You have more to do about the outcome of your life than anyone.”

Williams was raised on a family tobacco farm in rural Marion County, South Carolina with nine brothers and sisters. He attended South Carolina State University, where he founded the school’s College Republicans chapter. Upon graduation, he served on the staff of the late Senator Strom Thurmond. He then entered a career in commentary and journalism. He is now the CEO of Howard Stirk Holdings, the largest minority-owned media group in America. He has an ownership stake in Charleston’s ABC News 4.

Charleston County Republican Party presented Williams and eight Charleston-area honorees with the North Star Award. The award is named in recognition of freed slave Frederick Douglass, who was an abolitionist and one of the early leaders of the Republican Party. Douglass was an entrepreneur, who published a successful newspaper called North Star, which brought national attention to the horrors of slavery. He served as an advisor to Abraham Lincoln and four other Republican Presidents.

The local honorees included current Charleston County Republican Party Chairman Maurice Washington (who served in College Republicans with Williams), police chaplain Reverend Jimmy Gallant, Charleston County Bar Association President Debra Gammons, artist Jonathan Green, the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician James Jamerson (the awarded was accepted by his cousin Anthony McFarland), Community Resource Center leaders Louis Smith and Johnathan Thrower, and Allstate Insurance agency owner Dan Martin.