The Rev. Eugene Williams was executive director of Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM), a coalition of forty small and midsize congregations that worked in South Central Los Angeles. In 1997, LAM advocated for state legislation to require parolees to obtain their GED equivalency. This legislation was designed as a strategy to combat California’s high rate of recidivism and was a major victory for the organization. In March 2001, Donald Miller and Mia Thompson spoke with Williams about community organizing, the “Second Reconstruction,” and his opinion of the President’s faith-based initiative.
Donald E. Miller is a professor of religion with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.