Victim to VICTOR
The Archie Williams Story: Victim to Victor
by Jesse L. Dunn
Everyone at times in life is victimized in one way or another by events, circumstances, disease, issues and people. We may have little control over the things themselves that victimize us, but we always have control over the choice to stay a Victim or to overcome and make the journey to be a Victor. The case of Archie Williams is an inspiring example. As reported in Wion.com news:
“A white woman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was raped and stabbed in 1982, she repeatedly identified Williams as her rapist… (He) was an easy target.
“Williams, then 22, said he was home asleep at the time of the assault, and his fingerprints weren’t found at the scene, but because he was ‘a poor black kid, (he) didn’t have the economic ability to fight the state of Louisiana,’ he said in an interview..
“In 1983, he was convicted for attempted murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary and sentenced to life in prison without parole. It’s only in March 2019, Williams’ fingerprints were submitted to a powerful fingerprint ID system. And finally, it was proven that a man who’d committed other sexual assaults in the neighborhood was responsible for the crimes Williams was convicted of, according to the registry. He was released from prison later that month–at the age of 58.”A life ruined? A reason to be bitter, to give up, to remain a Victim? Perhaps for most. But Archie Williams would not give in.
“Singing saved him from succumbing to the darkness of his situation. ‘I watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ in prison and I would visualize myself there,’ he said. ‘I always desired to be on a stage like this, and now I’m here.’
“Dreams do come true. Archie Williams, who spent 36 years in jail for false charges of rape and murder, is now one of the frontrunners at the current season (2020) of ‘America’s Got Talent’.”
America and the judges loved his story, loved his voice, and voted him through to the semi-finals of the show as of this writing (26 August 2020). He is now a Victor, a Victim of an unjust circumstance no more.
To BE better is better than simply feeling better.
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