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Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Willie F. Wilson Confirmation Resolution of 1999
PR 13-663

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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Reverend Willie F. Wilson to the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the " Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Willie F. Wilson Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Reverend Willie F. Wilson
3664 Highwood Drive, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20032
(Ward 7)

as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, established by section 201 of the District of Columbia Public Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act, approved October 26, 1974 (88 Stat. 1424; D.C. Code §31-1511). replacing Shirley W. Hammond, whose term ended May 15, 1998, for a term to end May 15, 2003.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.



Born in Newport News, Virginia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Journalism from Ohio University. Reverend Wilson also attended Howard University School of Divinity where he received a Masters Degree and did his Doctoral Studies. He was the recipient of several awards including the Rockefeller Protestant Fellowship Award for academic achievement and the Vernon Johns Preaching Award for the most "Outstanding Orator and Preacher" of his graduating class. His repertoire includes training in self- evaluation techniques and psychiatric counseling under the esteemed instruction of Dr. B. Haldane and Dr. Ernest Bruder.

In 1980 Reverend Wilson was ordained a Wolof priest in the Gambia, West Africa and with this honor he has the uttermost credence and positive authority to perform any and all ceremonies relating to African people at home and abroad. He was inducted in this high ceremony as NANA KWADWO BOAFO I. Chief Nana Kwadwo Boafo 1 has performed scores of African-American weddings and was referenced in the book Jumping the Broom. He recently authored and published his book, The African- American Wedding Manual. In October 1993 in a ceremony at Asankrangwa, Western Ghana, a stool was created by the Asankare-Bretuo clan to be occupied by Willie F. Wilson, the new subchief. Union Temple Baptist Church has erected a home in Ghana, West Africa for its rites of passage programs. The church has donated over one million dollars in medical supplies to the hospital in Asankrangwa, sponsors an adopt-a-child educational program and is engaged in several business enterprises in Africa including gold mining and brick manufacturing.

Pastor Wilson was recognized by USA Newspaper as one of the ten most valuable people in America in 1986.

Drawing upon African heritage and contemporary economics, Reverend Wilson has pastored Union Temple Baptist Church for more than 25 years. With more than 6,500 members the church has distinguished itself with an elaborate investment program that has funneled more than $5,000,000.00 into housing, education and health services. The church operates a home for teenagers, a rehabilitation program for substance abusers, a feeding program for the hungry and rites of passage program for youth and adults. A new independent recording label called UT RECORDS was recently initiated. Union Temple Baptist Church was nominated by the National Conference of Black Churchmen, an organization of over 68,000 churches, as one of the 100 Model Black Churches in America. In 1997 Pastor Wilson and Union Temple Baptist Church were awarded the PRESIDENT'S SERVICE AWARD by President Bill Clinton. This is the most prestigious Presidential recognition given for community service. Of the 3,500 nominations and 41 finalists the church was one of only 16 national organizations to receive plaques and sterling silver White House medallions. The church has received world acclaim for its 30x19-foot mural depicting the Last Supper. This mural is believed to be the first of its kind. It depicts not only the Black Christ but the twelve disciples as twelve significant Africans and African-Americans; among them Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, and Malcolm X.

Rev. Wilson led Mayor Marion Barry in the most spirited political resurrection in the history of American Politics.

He also has led his church for the last 17 years in the organization of one of the largest Cultural Arts Festivals on the East Coast, which annually attracts over 250,000 people over a two day span.

This distinguished pastor, orator, lecturer and teacher is listed among Who's Who in African American Leadership. He is a noted scholar and recognized authority on Africentric theology.

Reverend Wilson has been featured in many top publications and has appeared on numerous television shows. He has spoken at universities throughout the nation and has traveled extensively as a spiritual advisor to persons such as South African President Nelson Mandela, Mayor Barry, and World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe.

As a National Committee Member and Executive Producer of the Million-Man March, Pastor Wilson orchestrated the successful assembly of over 100,000 men from the Washington area. He is the owner of the historic Pyramid Bookstore building, located near historic Howard University where a 13.5 foot sculpture of an ancient Egyptian is on the facade as created by world renown Ethiopian sculptor Falaka Yima.

Reverend Wilson is married to Rev. Mary Lewis Wilson of Buffalo, New York and is the proud father of two sons and two daughters.

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