By Roadtrip Nation

William Allen Young



My road in life has been direct.
Raised in public housing by a mother who worked to the bone as a maid to raise 7 children.
Learned the importance of education from his mother; she dropped out of school young and was adamant that her children have a better life.
Got As in school even though the civil rights movement was erupting into violent race riots around him.
Never used his circumstances as an excuse to not accomplish things; graduated from USC and went on to get a master's in sociolinguistics.
Now an award-winning actor who has had roles in District 9, CSI, Moesha, and many more.
Says his strength is that he comes from very little. He doesn't edit his story; he's empowered by it.
Believes everyone has the power to shape their own destiny, even if they come from hardship; use challenge to propel you.
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Actor and Humanitarian

I'm an actor-director and motivational speaker, working to give youth the tools they need to achieve success.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Accomplishing Goals


Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence