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Karen Williams is a retired educator, social justice and women’s right to vote activist, board member and community volunteer.


Since 1975, Karen has been an educator.  An educator committed to helping children read of all ages.  Her love and commitment to helping children do their best reading started when she became a teacher at Glenwood High School.  From 1975 she held numerous positions from Classroom Teacher, Title 1 Educator, Title 1 Reading Specialist to becoming Head Start Director in 2004.  While working in the Kanawha County Schools, she worked as an Instructor at West Virginia State University.  For 40 years, Karen has been a powerful and caring teacher who has touched the lives of so many young people helping and guiding them to love reading and education.


Her love of activism came very early in Karen’s life.  For years Karen has lead campaigns for social justice and women’s right to vote.  She has organized rallies and spoken to young children, women and men about the importance of voting and getting to the polls to exercise their right to vote.  She has dedicated her life to building the political power of young people by helping them to register to vote, voter outreach and having discussion with local political leaders on issues that are concerning to minority communities.  Her passion of equal economic, political and social justice is recognized in word and deed.


Karen is a member of the Links, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated, Poor People’s Campaign, Rise Up WV, NAACP, WV Panhellenic Council and Our Future WV.  She has served on numerous boards and committees giving of her time and resources to serving others in our community. 


She is a loving and caring wife to her husband, mother to her 3 children and grandmother to her first grandchild, Bryson.