Karimah Williams was born and raised in Newark, NJ, and is currently working for the City of Newark, N.J. as a Representative for Citizens’ Complaints in the City’s Water Dept. Karimah attended Essex County College where she received a Degree in Social Science, along with a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Newark Rutgers University. Throughout her work, Karimah pursued careers in the field of Social Service and Law. Holding down many positions as a receptionist/Para-Clerk in Law Firms or working as an Intake Specialist for a Non-Profit organization that assisted/counseled and mentored young and older adults. Her volunteer services included an internship at a Law Firm in Newark, NJ; volunteering with the Newark Police Dept. as a ride-along Ambassador (Ambassadors accompany the Newark Police Citizens/Clergy unit with active calls); and free and/or low-cost expungements for individuals to help them get a second chance.
In her spare time, as a 2nd Dan black belt, Karimah teaches karate with her younger daughter (who is also a black belt), volunteers, or attends community meetings throughout the City of Newark. She has attended nonviolent Marches in the City of Newark, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, and New York that address local issues and has gone to Washington, D.C. to support the Black Lives Matters movement. She is currently a member of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition http://www.navcoalition.org/ and Brick City Peace Collective in the City of Newark. Karimah’s future goal is to work with organizations like the Institute for Social Justice or the Innocence project to bring awareness to injustice in the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey and to find ways to help the formally incarcerated get a second chance. Karimah attends the community Masjid’s to stay in touch with her religious beliefs. She has three beautiful daughters’ ages 30 yrs., 24 yrs. and 19 yrs. old, along with a handsome grandson who is 10 yrs. who motivates her every day to fight for social justice. Karimah is hoping to be accepted into Law School.