Williams - Historian of the African Diaspora - Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Olusegun Williams

Tallahassee, Florida, USA


Born in the continental United States, but not in a state.

There are three halves to my life...the Atlanta/DC half, the Miami half, and the Tallahassee half.

One of the first African-American officers in the United States Coast Guard.

Military Escort to the first woman of African descent to be a simi-finalist in the Miss Universe Pageant, Cherrie Creque of St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (1971).

Licensed pilot and certified scuba diver.
Flew competitively with the Flying Eagles flying team of Miami Dade Community College (1980-83). Competed in the 1983 National Intercollegiate Fllying Association (NIFA) National Championships in Battle Creek, MI. Out of 500 or more pilots, I ranked 38th in one of the landing events; higher than any competitor from the Air Force Acasdemy.

Founding member of the following organizations:

+ THE "M" ENSEMBLE CO.,INC.: a professional community theatre company in Miami. Founded in 1971.

+ PHOENIX UPRISING REGGAE BAND, a popular Tallahassee based touring band during the '90's. Played the Bob Marley Festival in Miami in 1994. Toured FL, GA, AL, MS, TN, OK, TX, and CO. The band played as a unit from 1989 to 1999.

+ DROMATALA, an organization dedicated to the preservation and practice of traditional hand and stic drumming from the African diaspora. Founded in 1993.


Historian of the African Diaspora

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Sole Proprietor

Self Employed: Pyramid Productions

From July 1977


Miami Dade Community College

August 1977 - August 1987

Taught radio, television, and film production (1977-1982)
Also taught a cable television installation course.
Academic and Financial Aid Advisor (1982-1987)

Assistant Chief Engineer, Production Engineer and Producer

WKAT Radio (1360 AM)

July 1974 - February 1980

Maintained transmitter and studio equipment.
Responsible for all prerecorded programs aired by the station and for all commercials and feature programs recorded in house.
Produced a popular morning news oriented program called "The Informer". One of the hosts of "The Informer" was Lynn Russell who later was an anchor on CNN Headline News. Also worked with Chris Myers who is currently a sports announcer for the FOX Television Network.
Set up and ran remote broadcasts, including the grand opening of the Miami Beach Theater of the Performing Arts.
I was the tape editor for the "Wynn Elliot Post Game Show on the CBS Radio Network at the conclusion of Super Bowl X (1976, Miami Orange Bowl Stadium)

Disc Jockey and Music Director

WEDR Radio (99.1 FM)

August 1973 - June 1974

Worked as "on air" personality six days a week and was the voice on several commercials. Also served as Music Director. In that capacity I was responsible for the stations playlist (i.e. the songs that were played on the air by the station)

Qualifications & Certifications

Communications and Anthropology

Florida State University

Aviation, Spanish, South African History, Music, Scuba Diving

Miami Dade Community College

Experimental Psychology

Florida Atlantic University

Morehouse College

Henry McNeal Turner High

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