Come on Philly, We Can Do Better

In the book, Julius A. Williams III recounts his experiences as a substitute counselor at a Philadelphia public middle school, exposing incidents involving students, teachers, administration, school police, parents, and more. “Philadelphia does not have to be defined by these failures, but we cannot start solving these problems happening every day in our schools until we acknowledge them.”

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About Julius Williams

Julius A. Williams III, born June 18, 1978 in Philadelphia PA, earned a Masters of Science in Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Drexel University. He then began teaching and counseling as a substitute in the Philadelphia School District. While substituting at different schools, Williams was exposed first-hand to the perils that hinder students’ progress. He found it unacceptable and did not want to be defined as a staff member who did and said nothing. His frustration led him to write Come on Philly, We Can Do Better, published by Authentic Publishing LLC. The book chronicles his experiences at a middle school, including many gripping incidents involving students, teachers, administration, school police, parents, and more.

Many teachers and staff in urban schools have experienced the same frustrations and failures, but few, if any, have relayed it in words as he has in Come on Philly, We Can Do Better. As founder and owner of Authentic Publishing LLC, Williams has used his company to give urban youth the opportunity to express themselves through published writing in, Never Too Early to Dream Big, a book, of Philadelphia public school students’ short stories, essays, and poetry.
Williams is currently working on innovative ways to improve urban education.

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