Resolution J1463-2013

Honoring Reverend Norma Williams upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition by Young Movement, Inc.



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 24, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Reverend Norma Williams upon the occa-
sion of her designation for special recognition by Young Movement, Inc.

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Reverend Norma Williams upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition by Young Movement, Inc. on Saturday, March 30, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Young  Movement  is  a  501c(3) member-supported action tank
providing research, advocacy, and partnerships on socio-economic  issues
such  as financial literacy and employment alternatives for young adults
and professionals in New York; incorporated in  October  of  2011,  this
organization not only represents its members through research, advocacy,
and  forming  partnerships,  but  ensures the positive results are long-
standing while the unfavorable ones are non-recurrent for the next young
generation; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Norma Williams is the daughter of the late  Clarence
and  Ivy  Raynor of Mount Prospect District, Manchester, Jamaica; she is
married to Rollin Williams and they have three children Cheryl, Donnette
and Kimberly; and
  WHEREAS, As a child, Norma Williams attended Huntley Elementary School
and Huntley Missionary Church; at age 12, she received a scholarship and
went on to Manchester High School; from there, she  went  on  to  Church
Teachers' College where she majored in Secondary Education and graduated
with honors; and
  WHEREAS,  A  graduate of Brooklyn College with both a Bachelor of Arts
in English cum laude and a Master of Arts in  Secondary  English  Educa-
tion,  Norma Williams further equipped herself for Christian ministry by
attending New York Theological Seminary; she first pursued and graduated
with a Master of Professional Studies degree and later with a Master  of
Divinity in Parish Ministry and Christian Education degree; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2004,  the  Lenox  Road Baptist Church licensed Minister
Norma Williams to Christian ministry; in 2012, she  was  ordained  as  a
reverend  by  the  Lenox  Road  Baptist Church in collaboration with the
American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Williams is a certified New York City Department  of
Education  teacher with over 20 years of experience; she has worked as a
teacher, lead teacher, staff developer, and as  a  teacher  center  site
coach  responsible  for providing professional development for teachers,
and currently teaches Humanities at KAPPA V in Brooklyn; and
  WHEREAS, As an  educator,  Reverend  Williams  has  received  numerous
awards,  including  Women Who Dare to be Different Award, a City Council
Citation in March of 2004, the New York State Assembly Citation, and the
Borough President award in 2008; and
  WHEREAS, Over the years, Reverend  Williams  has  spearheaded  various
activities  that  seek  to  bring pertinent educational awareness to the
community in which  she  worships  such  as  educational  workshops  for
parents  and, children in kindergarten through high school; she has also
presented writing workshops to the church community and to selected high
school students as part of the  Brooklyn  Chapter  of  Certified  Public
Accountants; and

  WHEREAS,  Reverend  Williams  is  spiritually  passionate about seeing
lives turned around for the better;  she  is  presently  enrolled  in  a
course in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Health Care Chaplaincy; and
  WHEREAS,  A  true  asset to society, Reverend Norma Williams's distin-
guished record merits the recognition and  respectful  tribute  of  this
Legislative Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Reverend Norma Williams upon the occasion of her  designation  for
special recognition by Young Movement, Inc.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Norma Williams.


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