In the Englewood neighborhood, Joseph Williams is also known as “The Black Mr. Rogers.” His community activism is rooted in helping fathers connect with their kids through literacy, and maintain an active role in their lives. Recently, when a tense situation arose between community members and the police, Joseph stepped in to mediate—using the deep understanding of his community to advocate for a peaceful resolution.
The most important part of this type of mediation? Empathy. In his conversation with our Chief Engagement Officer, Joseph explains how empathy guided him to protect his community and communicate with the police. Hear his story.