Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Kale Williams Scholarship


In honor of Kale Williams and his career as a social justice advocate and scholar-in-residence, CURL has established the Kale Williams Human Rights Scholarship Fund. Each year, the fund annually supports undergraduate students who will be working with research teams at CURL with a focus on promoting human rights in Chicago’s communities. This honors Kale Williams by strengthening the commitment of future generations to the human rights and equality that Kale fought for so effectively during his lifetime. The first Kale Williams Human Rights Scholarships will be awarded in the 2016-2017 academic year.

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About Kale Williams

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Kale Williams became a pacifist and a tenacious advocate for human rights and nonviolent social change. He joined the Chicago office of the American Friends Service Committee, where he challenged racial segregation and helped address injustice in Chicago’s low-income communities, the need for assistance to Native Americans in the Southwest, famine relief in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, and opposition to the Vietnam War. 

In Chicago, he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to secure fair-housing opportunities for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or income. After the 1966 open housing marches, Williams co-founded the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, where he served as executive director for over 20 years. After service there, he was invited to Loyola University Chicago as a visiting professor of applied ethics and later was appointed the senior scholar in residence at Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). He served in that position for more than 10 years and inspired numerous students and faculty. In addition to teaching and writing, he coordinated the Chicago Freedom Movement 40-year anniversary events, which examined the movement’s legacy and unfulfilled dream of a fully just and inclusive city.