On HBO’s hit series THE WIRE he played Omar Little a gun-toting, take-no-prisoner thug. On the rough streets of Brooklyn New York, where Michael K. Williams was born and raised, he is known as one of the fortunate ones that made it. On Wednesday, March 16, Michael Williams made a surprise visit to Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services, where he spoke with the agency’s adolescent population in hopes of inspiring them to follow their dreams. The stage and screen actor shared intimate details of how overcoming crack addiction; surviving a vicious club fight that nearly took his life and left behind his signature facial scar; prayer and perseverance made him the man he is today.
Photo credit (l to r): Michael K. Williams (back center); is joined by Harlem Dowling Executive Director Dorothy Worrell (Front center); Youth Peer Educator Nayobi Perdomo (front right); Director Cherie Blae (middle right) are joined by Harlem Dowling youth participants. Photo By Dwaine Mitchell.