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William Simpson Biography 1925-1996 

William Simpson read everything!  He cared about the social plight of humanity was pained by man's injustice toward one another and unsettled with the blatant disparities in the human rights treatment he witnessed between his fellow Americans.  Mr. Simpson spoke out through his literature, editorials and written commentaries.  He was an avid writer and articulated many of the inequities of society, locally and worldly; he educated his community and stood up for the downtrodden.  His influential writings changed and affected the hearts and minds of many men and women who read his works. 

He was a pioneer in his field and left a viable blueprint for thinkers and writers who dared to question injustice.  From his extensive editorial and vigilant persona came the seeds of his hope for equality and justice for all.  His writing made those hopes eternal.  Mr. Simpson was a longstanding resident of Park Forest, Illinois and a pillar of the community.  He was former president of the Chicago Far-South Suburban Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and remained active throughout his tenure in the organization.  He was married to Mrs. Juanita Simpson, raised and educated his three children and was well known for his reasoned opinions and beliefs on equality.

Following the death of William Simpson on October 8th, 1996, the Chicago South Suburban Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. adopted a resolution calling for the creation of an Essay Scholarship Fund in memory of Mr. Simpson's long time commitment as Judge of the annual ACT-SO Essay Competition.  The William Simpson Essay Scholarship Foundation was established and incorporated as an independent tax-exempt Not for Profit foundation to motivate and encourage young writers by offering scholarships.