Taking Off The Mask

JMU Prof’s Journey Took Him From Crack Dealer To Respected Scholar

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Posted: December 16, 2013

James Williams signs his book, “From Thug To Scholar: An Odyssey to Unmask My True Potential,” for Chris Fasching on Saturday at Heavenly Hands Salon and School of Cosmetology Arts in Harrisonburg. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG — To say that James Williams took a nontraditional path to the faculty ranks at James Madison University would be a little more than an understatement.

That he sold crack cocaine...

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