Activist Hosea Williams in Hospital

Tuesday, October 24th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights activist Hosea Williams, who has been battling cancer, was in critical condition at a hospital Tuesday because of an infection.

Piedmont Hospital officials said Williams, 74, was admitted Friday. Doctors said the infection stemmed from the periodic chemotherapy Williams has undergone since October 1999 surgery to remove a cancerous kidney.

Williams served as a top lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s. He later served in the Georgia Legislature, on the Atlanta City Council and on the DeKalb County Commission.

In 1987, he led a highly publicized march against racism in predominantly white Forsyth County.

Williams' wife, former Georgia legislator Juanita Williams, died in August.