1963: The Year of Hope & Hostility

the new book by Byron Williams

"For 50 years, 1963 has hidden in plain sight. We have been content to define the year by the tragedy in Dallas, but Byron Williams forces us to revisit this year that has greatly influenced our politics as well as our culture. Don't miss this powerful book!"
— Dr. Cornel West


1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility has been a labor of love. History tells the story of the past that provides a roadmap to the present. Through the power of social media, it is my goal to place this project on the New York Times Bestseller list when released in 2013. 

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Theologian and author Byron Williams presents 1963 as one of the most compelling years in the history of our nation as we approach its 50th Anniversary and reflects back on a year that changed everything and forced the nation to reconcile the notion that hope and hostility live in close proximity.

1963 was the year America lost the illusion of innocence. It was a year that began with George Wallace declaring “segregation today, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” and concluded with Martin Luther King being named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. It was a year that cemented our current Cuban policy and shaped the events in Vietnam.


Byron discusses major themes from “1963: Hope and Hostility” during his recent book tour:

1963: The Year of Hope & Hostility Byron Williams