Meet Tawana Williams, motivational speaker born without arms, author of ‘Unarmed But Dangerous’

by Martha J. Brown

Tawana Williams
Tawana Williams

Nationally known motivational speaker and author Tawana Williams is coming to the Bay Area once again. Tawana visited Oakland last year in October 2013 and mesmerized the audience as she keynoted several church events.

Tawana’s message of hope and inspiration resonates loud and clear that “All things are possible to them that believe!” Tawana was born without arms and impaired use of her legs due to the drug Thalidomide that was given to her mother. She’s been challenged all of her life to do the impossible.

Her compelling story is one of triumph, perseverance and determination. Tawana’s will to fight for her life transcended self-pity. She overcame many obstacles and has never let her disability stop her because she stayed focused on her abilities. Tawana beat the odds!

Tawana is a Les Brown platinum speaker, TV personality, artist, advocate, businesswoman, mentor, humanitarian and CEO of Tawana Williams Outreach, Inc., a not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization. She’s the author of five books, including her best seller, “Unarmed But Dangerous.” This book is her personal testimony and will be featured in her debut movie coming to theaters soon.

'Unarmed But Dangerous' by Tawana Williams coverShe became a professional speaker in 1996 and travels the country with her husband Toby speaking in schools, churches, day cares, nursing homes, prisons, drug rehabilitation centers, universities, colleges, fraternities, sororities, corporations and organizations. Tawana’s mission is to give hope and inspiration to those facing adversities and challenges. Tawana will be personally autographing all books and products with her feet!

Tawana Williams will be in Oakland for three events, three nights only, and all events are free! Please come and receive a life-changing experience!

Upcoming events

Friday, July 18, 7 p.m.: Ephesian Baptist Church, 988 85th Ave., Oakland, Rev. Larry Ashley, Pastor

Saturday, July 19, 5 p.m.: Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 1423 34th St., Oakland, Dr. Michael Pasley, Pastor

Sunday July 20, 4 p.m.: Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Herbert Guice Christian Academy, 6925 International Blvd, Oakland, Rev. Frank Darby Jr., Pastor

Tawana Williams Outreach, Inc., can be reached at 4414 Pinehurst Drive, Wilson, NC 27896,,, and Martha J. Brown, BA, MS, at