The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics

The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics at the University of Maryland researches, develops solutions for and provides a forum for discussing the prevailing issues facing underserved, minority communities today.

The Judge AW Center is based in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Center was founded by the Honorable Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., who served for nearly 20 years as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt, Md.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We Are Wakanda-A Discussion of the film, Black Panther. This Women's History Month event will feature a dynamic panel discussion about the cultural significance of the film, including major themes, conflicts, historical references, and artistic elements.


Thursday, February 22, 2018-I Am Not Your Negro: Film Screening & Critical Discussion. Hosted in conjunction with the African American Studies Department.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017-Hiring, Firing & Everything in between-Employment Law for Religious Institutions. Judge AW Center hosted this event at Howard University School of Law

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 -Livestream Event: Not All Wounds are Visible: A Community Conversation In partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System & University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Judge AW Center was a co-sponsor the Prince George's satellite feed of this event at Bowie State University

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017-Thurgood Marshall 50th Anniversary Event


WYPR On the Record Podcast-A Mandatory Life Sentence Meets Clemency 6/26/17

Featured Story-5/7/17 Washington Post Article


Annual Reception

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CENTER PROJECTS:  Collateral Consequences

The Center is supported by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and its Department of African American Studies (AASD). 

About AASD

The Center especially focuses on:

  • Educational preparedness and bridging the achievement gap
  • Justice and fairness in social, civic, economic, jurisprudential and media matters
  • Ethical guideposts for building integrity and community values

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The scope of the Center’s Education plank extends to all primary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, with a goal of developing and implementing strategies to empower minority learners with the skills and expertise necessary to compete in today’s global marketplace, especially in fields in which minorities are underrepresented. Read More


Along the Justice plank, the Center seeks to shine a spotlight on sources of bias fostering economic injustice, inequities in the criminal justice system and unfair media coverage, developing strategies to address these biases which inordinately undermine underrepresented communities. Read More


The Center’s Ethics plank will work to develop and continuously refine a blueprint to assess and educate on the interplay of faith, culture, and ethics in order to promote civic awareness, community engagement and higher standards of integrity and ethical conduct. Read More