Leonard Ali Williamson,Esq. - passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at the age of 82 at home surrounded by family.
Born on November 3, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank Mattie Williamson. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Central State University and his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Ali began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he contributed to the Tide team and many products that are still being used. He was a trailblazer being the first African American patent attorney in the Midwest and first African American attorney to retire from Proctor & Gamble. Ali was blessed and made Hajj in the 90’s. He was very active in the Greater Cincinnati Islamic community and instrumental in the transition from the old Clifton Mosque to the new Clifton Mosque. He was also one of the first board members at the West Chester Mosque where he started the book store and ran it for many years. Ali was also a fierce advocate for starting CAIR in Cincinnati and was a board member for many years.
Ali faithfully served the Islamic and African American communities in the Greater Cincinnati area. He was a member of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and continuously served on many different boards throughout the years. Among his many gifts to the African American community he advocated to get George Washington Carver inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame.
Ali was preceded in death by his first wife, Veronica , and his second wife, Beverly. He is survived by his daughters, Manika (Jason) Williams and Anisa Asha Williamson (Reginald) Brown. He leaves behind seven grandchildren: Summer and Jonathan Williams, Leonard Williamson, Adam, Ashe, Ali and Atik Brown.
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