Good morning lovelies, I know it’s Monday but here at HeyMikeyATL, we give you a reason to love Monday’s every single week and today, we are definitely delivering the goods. Our pick is an amazing Hollywood actor, a young activist and did we mention, he’s a sexy as can be? Jesse Williams is this week’s #CelebrityCrush of the day!
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jesse Williams was born to a Swedish mother and African-American father. After high school. his parents each began teaching in the public school system – something Jesse would later on follow in their footsteps and do. Williams graduated from Temple University with a double major in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts. And soon began teaching high school in the Philadelphia Public School System for a total of six years, where he used his degree earned at Temple to teach American Studies, African Studies, and English.
In 2005, Jesse Williams began to study acting and was chosen to participate in the New York Actors Showcase presented by ABC Television, one of 14 actors chosen from among over 800 individuals who had auditioned. Since 2006, he has appeared in a number of television series, films, and theatre productions.
To date, Jesse Williams’ most notable role has been as Dr. Jackson on the hit Shonda Rhimes television show “Grey’s Anatomy“. Aside from his Grey’s Anatomy role, Jesse has made guest appearances on several other television shows and films such as “Law & Order”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”, “The Cabin in the Woods”, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”, “Greek” and “Sesame Street”.
Jesse Williams is the youngest member of the board of directors at The Advancement Project, a civil rights think tank and advocacy group.He is also the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a multifaceted media project, art exhibition, student and teacher curriculum and website, focused on the black male identity and the diversity within the demographic. He has written articles for CNN and The Huffington Post and has been a guest on Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room.
In October 2014, as part of Ferguson October, Williams joined thousands in Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer who claimed he grabbed for his gun. In June 2016, he won the BET humanitarian award at the 2016 BET Awards, delivering a speech highlighting racial injustices, racial injustices, police brutality, and cultural appropriation. As a result of his speech, there are dueling petitions: one to have Williams fired from Grey’s Anatomy and one to keep him on the series.
Jesse Williams, we love EVERYTHING about you!
Written By: Monique C. Tillman