Tawana Williams - Who am I?
"I seldom think about my limitations, because I’m focused on my possibilities." -Tawana Williams
From the shadows of obscurity and the anguish of disability, Tawana Williams was a victim of brutal medical negligence; due to the drug Thalidomide that was given to her mother during pregnancy. Born without arms and impaired use of her legs, her compelling life story unfolds her will to survive the anguish of physical defect and the shame of abuse and isolation. Unable to fight with human hands, she fought in spirit, and yet lives to stand through the grace and courage of God, Unarmed but Dangerous.
Faced with many challenges and obstacles that most people take for granted, Tawana has figured out a way to do some of life’s simplest things such as; eating, cleaning, and driving. These tasks seemed monumental, yet her resolute determination transcended self- pity. She endured years of physical pain, emotional scars and the rejection of family members and peers. She withstood childhood only by the strength of a mother’s love.
Through the onslaught of adolescent peer pressure, Tawana became ensnared and locked for a decade in the bondage of drug use and abusive relationships. Unarmed but Dangerous unfolds Tawana’s walk through the midst of the most severe trials imaginable, as the gentle hand of God wipes away every tear, and gives peace to every unanswered question. Her story is sure to give healing to the most broken hearted, flight to the broken wing, and life to the lifeless dreams.
Without excuses, without complaint, this honest gripping portrayal of the intimate struggles of Tawana’s journey gives evidence of the Armor of God to sustain us, and His power to restore our broken past, piece by piece.
Tawana has been speaking and traveling throughout this country since 1996; to churches, schools, prisons, day cares, nursing home, rehabilitation centers, and corporations. She gives a powerful and enlightening message of Hope and Inspiration to all generations.
As a wife, mother, entrepreneur, artist, nationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author, her story displays the Power of God’s spirit to birth destiny from despair.
If you’ve ever asked the question, why me? If you’ve ever known devastating loss, be equipped and transformed as you embark on this remarkable voyage of one extraordinary servant from the paralysis of victimization, to warrior triumphant.
Tawana was a guest on the Jerry Springer Show in 1993 (Beating the Odds). In 2005, she was a guest on the Judge Hatchett Show, as a Mentor. She’s had phone interviews with Oprah’s Producers, and The Montel Williams Show Producers.
In 2007, Tawana and her husband Toby were featured in Homes of Color Magazine, Hope for Women Magazine, and Epitome Magazine. Tawana produced her own Radio Show that was syndicated in more than a million households in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.
In January 2008, she and Toby were Guest on the world-wide Television broadcast TCT-ALIVE, and The Kim Jacobs Talk Show in 2009, both aired on The Word Network. In March 2008, she received the True Servant Award at the Agape Awards Ceremony; where Fantasia was also honored.
In 2009 she and Toby were crowned Mr. & Mrs. AGAPE 2009; where Bishop Paul S. Morton & Dr. Juanita Bynum II were honored. She’s received countless Awards, Certificates, Accolades, and Newspaper articles.
She was the Keynote Speaker in Omaha, Nebraska for the actor Mr. John Beasley; He starred in (The Sum of all Fears), (Losing Isaiah), and many other Movies.
Tawana was the Keynote Speaker for Mr. Joe Dudley, Sr. (CEO of Dudley Hair Products and Dudley Cosmetology University), in Kernersville, North Carolina.
She was the Special Guest for World Renowned Motivational Speaker, Mr. Les Brown at the Speakers Network Training in Atlanta, Georgia while there, she captured the minds and hearts of many other Professional Speakers. She’s now a Les Brown Platinum Speaker, a personal friend and men tee.
In 2010, Tawana was a guest on The Balancing Act Talk Show on Lifetime TV. Send all email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tawana is now lobbying Congress for Family Assistance Rest Rooms in every Airport throughout America. Please visit the NEWS PAGE to sign her petition and to support her with this cause. When she goes before Congress, every signature will help.
The words "I can't" are not in Tawana Williams' vocabulary. When you meet Tawana, she will not tell you about how she survived the trauma of a gang rape. She will not tell you about her experience with abortion and the miraculous birth of her daughter. She will not tell you about how God delivered her from a ten year struggle with cocaine addiction. Tawana will simply tell you that if you decide to do something in your life, you can do it.
She knows this lesson because she lives it everyday of her life. Should you meet her, it would be obvious why her life was so filled with challenges. Tawana was born without arms. This is why she likes to tell others that because of her relationship with God, she considers herself "Un-armed but Dangerous!"
Born in Wilson, NC, in 1963, Tawana was trained as a baby to use her feet as hands. She can do just about anything that someone with arms can do, even braid hair and write a check. She grew up in the Washington, DC. area, where she attended school. In 1981, as a senior in high school, she became addicted to crack cocaine because of peer pressure. Her addiction lasted 10 years. In 1991, after becoming tired of her lifestyle, she cried out for God to deliver her from her addictions. He answered her instantly.
Tawana has been speaking since 1996, in 2002 her Organization became a 501c-3 non-profit organization. Tawana speaks to people encouraging them to look beyond their circumstances and to accept God’s gift of freedom without limitations. She captivates her audiences with her boldness and her ability to do what others might think is impossible.
Tawana is the author of three books, " I'm Different but I Can" , "Unarmed but Dangerous," and "Motivation For The Soul-Move Or Be Moved". She is also an artist, poet, and vocalist. She has been a guest on The Judge Hatchett Show as a mentor in 2005, The Jerry Springer Show (Beating the Odds, 1993), The Balancing Act on Lifetime TV in 2010, and several other regional and national television programs. She speaks for groups in the corporate arena as well as in churches across the country.
"My mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of people, primarily through my message of hope and inspiration. I want to assist them in achieving their highest potentials and goals by sharing my message of triumph."
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13