David Williams, SEC’s first black athletic director, wanted athletes to see the world outside the arena — Andscape

Written by on April 13, 2024

The security guard at Tuskegee University stopped our car and told us the road was closed: We’d have to turn around. And then he kindly asked us what we were doing on campus.

David Williams pointed toward me in the back seat. “Just giving our son a college tour.”

With that, we turned around, and everyone burst out laughing.

Williams, Vanderbilt University’s athletic director at the time, and Candice Lee, the car’s other occupant and deputy AD (who is 10 years younger than me), are African-American and I’m . . .

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