Nique WilliamsCommon Defense Raleigh-Durham, NC Award Year: 2023
Nique Williams is a visionary leader with a strong commitment to public service and movement organizing. She is the North Carolina Organizing Fellow at Common Defense, the largest grassroots movement of U.S. military veterans fighting to preserve the values of equitable democracy. She joined Common Defense as a community organizer and has already shown leadership in collaborating with community groups and organizations in her home state of North Carolina to secure a progressive future for working-class communities. Williams is a co-founder of Common Defense’s newly formed Racial Justice Committee, where she works to expand the organization’s programmatic and campaign portfolio to leverage the power of veteran voices in the service of racial justice nationwide. With Williams at the helm, the Common Defense Racial Justice Committee will recruit Black veteran existing members and new recruits into the committee to build progressive power among Black veterans and raise their voices to meet the challenges of today. Through legal advocacy work, she processed over 100 cases before the Veterans Affairs Review Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, helping to ensure that veterans and their families receive the benefits they deserve. She earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.