From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Williams, Keith

(born: 1949) 

This Entry was written and submitted by Juanita L. White from Louisville, KY.

Keith Williams, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was born in Henderson, KY, to Clarence Williams and Birdie Carr Johnson. He was a graduate of Henderson City High School and attended Henderson County Community College. Keith Williams was 17 years old when he was hired as a photographer for the Henderson newspaper now known as the Henderson Gleaner. He was with the paper for 5 years and was later employed at the Louisville Courier-Journal for 34 years, retiring in 2007. Williams won his Pulitzers while at the Courier-Journal.

In 2012, Keith Williams received the Board of Director Distinguished Alumni Award from Henderson Community College, and in 2016, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Photographs of Muhammad Ali, taken by Keith Williams, are included in the 2018 Courier-Journal book that chronicles Ali's life. The photographic exhibit and kick-off round table at Western Kentucky University in 2019 included Keith Williams in the discussion with the editor and photojournalists.

In addition to his career as a photojournalist, Keith Williams became an ordained minister in 2014. He and his wife Linda are actively involved in a ministry of service to help homeless individuals in Louisville, KY.

For more information see:

Aulbach, Lucas. "Courier-Journal photos chronicle story of Muhammad Ali," Louisville Courier-Journal, 03/10/2019, p.O2A.

Picture Coverage of the World: Pulitzer Prize Winning Photos (Pulitzer Prize Panorama, No.2) by Heinz-Dietrich Fischer. Germany : LIT Verlag, 2011.

Picture Muhammad Ali : a rare glimpse into the life of the champ by the photographers of the Courier Journal by Winter, N. W. and T. Sullivan. Chicago, IL : Press Syndication Group, 2018. 1st edition.

Williams, Kris. "Henderson Community College announces Super Sunday initiative an Alumni Hall of Fame Award." Today's News: Kentucky Community & Technical College System website, 02/23/2016. [scroll down to middle of page]

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