Tuskegee University board chair pens autobiography
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 25, 2012) — Retired Maj. Gen. Charles E. Williams recently held a book signing for his autobiography “My Road: From a Trail to a Super Highway” at Tuskegee University. Williams, an alumnus and chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, said the book is about his life, and how his experiences changed his personal and professional paths.
“Every time there was a “sign post,” which I call a life event, I had to change. I had to alter,” Williams explained. “But, the important thing is I continued to move forward on that road.”
Williams credits his great-grandmother for being an early role model. He described her as a wise woman who was just a generation or two removed from slavery and had a strong opinion about achievement.
| Retired Maj. Gen. Charles E. Williams
recently held a book signing for his
autobiography “My Road: From a Trail to
a Super Highway” at Tuskegee University.
“It was not about what we couldn’t do, but about what we must and should do,” Williams said.
Williams, a native of Sawyerville, Ala., said one of the most significant themes in the book is how he came from humble beginnings and became a military leader and businessman who has travelled the world. Also, he said he felt that it was important to show readers that his life has come full circle back to the beginning of his career path.
“Tuskegee launched me on the road professionally,” Williams said. “To have the opportunity to come back and be the chairman of the institution that launched you from the beginning… that’s a super highway.”
The book is on sale at the gift shop in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University, the Barnes and Noble website and other booksellers.