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Hendrix Alumnus Details Quest for Racial Justice in ‘Markham Street’

CONWAY, Ark. (March 15, 2022) – Hendrix College alumnus Ronnie Williams ’76 recently published Markham Street, which shares his family’s quest for justice following the death of his brother Marvin Leonard Williams, a 20-year-old Black paratrooper, who died in police custody in 1960. More than two decades later, his parents received an eyewitness letter confirming Marvin’s brutal murder at the Faulkner County Jail. The book also offers a glimpse into the struggles Black families in the South dealt with and continue to face.

“Our family’s experience is not an exception,” said Williams, a Menifee native. “I am speaking on behalf of the thousands of Marvin Williams whose stories will never be told with the hope of inspiring others to address systemic racism in America.”

Williams will be a featured speaker at the virtual Hendrix College Alumni Weekend 2022 on Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m. He will be interviewed by his spouse, Connie Williams, a longtime Hendrix librarian. For more information on Alumni Weekend 2022, visit

Williams will participate in a local book signing on Thursday, March 31, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The event will include a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with Williams. Fully vaccinated individuals are invited to attend free of charge. Markham Street is available at AmazonBook Baby, and Walmart.

About the Author

Williams recently retired as vice president for Student Services and Institutional Diversity at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). During his more than three decades at UCA, he served as assistant dean of students, director of Minority Affairs, assistant to the president and chief diversity officer. He was the first person of color to chair the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation board. He is the former chair of the Arkansas Educational Television Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and an M.S.E. from Arkansas State University. For more information, visit

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit