DALLAS – Hamilton Wingo, LLP attorney Damian Willams was featured in The Texas Lawbook, a digital publication that focuses on lawyers who represent businesses in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters in Texas. The publication featured the Dallas-based attorney’s commentary on the historical impact that the black community has on our country. Damian reflects on his family’s history and the influence it has on him today.
«My story and the stories of those like my father affect my practice every single day,» says Damian. «For example, we recently settled a case where our clients were Spanish-speaking roustabouts in the oil fields of West Texas and New Mexico. They were injured in an explosion and thrown aside by the oil companies. We believed in their story, fought hard, and got a great result on their behalf. I know for a fact these workers were only treated so poorly because of the language they speak and where they were born. I see many, many parallels between and among the treatment of immigrants and formalized segregation and Jim Crow.»
Black History Month is an important reminder that Black people have and always will be as different, special, creative, ingenious, daring, courageous, and influential as any other ethnic or cultural group. In 2022, the media and pop culture do a much better job highlighting Black folks’ historical contributions to our country. Events such as the Harlem Cultural Festival and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have received mainstream coverage and recognition where before there was none. We’ve made progress. However, we are still far away from acknowledging the full spectrum of experiences of Black people today.
Read Damian’s feature on The Texas Lawbook site: https://texaslawbook.net/one-generation-removed-from-drinking-from-a-water-hose-out-back/