Joe Williams, 2010 Leon S. Peters Award Winner

Talks about his surprise and gratitude at receiving the Leon S. Peters Distinguished Service Award, talks about growing up in Fresno, working as a farm laborer, joining the army and attending Fresno City College and Fresno State.  He discusses running for City Council and winning and facing discrimination and overcoming it through hard work and perseverance.

He talks about working as head of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and how rewarding it was to help low income people in the community.  He talks about meeting Leon S. Peters as a student and following in his footsteps by serving on boards at both Fresno State and Community Hospital.  He also talks about his family and advice for young people just starting out on their own as well as challenges facing the Fresno community.

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