[Q&A] Lance Williams’ Wake Up Call

Lance Williams and Jonathan Narcisse

Lance Williams (l) discusses his Iowa journey with Jonathan Narcisse (r).

Lance Williams started young selling dope. Then one day he showed up at a local hospital with a gun to settle a dispute. It became his first encounter with the law.

Eventually he would go to prison for armed robbery and spend a significant portion of his young life behind bars. Then one day his daughter visited him and did not recognize him.

It was a much needed wakeup call and since that time Williams has not only walked the straight and narrow but he has also used his experiences to reach out to urban youth and young Black men so they don’t have to make the same mistakes he’s made.

On October 14, 2015, UrbanIowaToday.com (UIT) sat down with Mr. Williams and had a very candid conversation about his journey and the lessons learned.