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Willie F. Wilson
Democratic Candidate for Mayor in the 
September 10, 2002, Primary Election
Campaign biography
August 2002

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Reverend Willie F. Wilson has been a resident of the District of Columbia since 1969 and is
a resident of Ward 7. Reverend Wilson is married to Reverend Mary Lewis Wilson. They are the proud parents of four children, three of whom graduated from District of Columbia Public Schools and one who is now matriculating. Reverend Wilson received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Ohio University. He graduated from the Howard University School of Divinity with a Masters Degree and started his work toward a doctorate degree there. 

Reverend Willie F. Wilson has been the Pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church, a congregation of more than 7,000 members in the Anacostia community of Washington for more than 29 years. Union Temple Baptist Church operates a home for teenagers, a welfare to work program, a rehabilitation program for substance abusers, a feeding program for the homeless, and a comprehensive treatment program for persons living with AIDS. The Union Temple Baptist Church rites of passage program for youth has been nationally recognized and adopted by many organizations as a model for youth development 

In 1986, Pastor Wilson was recognized by USA Today newspaper as one of the ten most valuable people in America. In 1997 Reverend Wilson and Union Temple Baptist Church received the Presidential Service Award from President Bill Clinton for community service. Reverend Wilson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia. 

A persistent and strong advocate for human rights, Reverend Wilson has counseled Washington leadership for many years and served and consulted with former South African President Nelson Mandela and the current President 0f Ghana, John Kafour.  

Reverend Wilson has dedicated his life to a creative, innovative ministry to uplift humanity. He has a deep, abiding love for all people. A passionate voice for truth, justice, and equality for all of the citizens of the District of Columbia, Reverend Willie F. Wilson is a strong and compassionate leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our citizens.

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