The late Michael K. Williams’ name will live on in the form of a new bill if a Brooklyn politician’s plan works out.
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, a New York State Assemblymember, who represents Williams’ neighborhood of East Flatbush has proposed a bill in the late actor’s honor that would aim to help lower the state’s prison population per TMZ.
Hermelyn and her team will be working in partnership with the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union to help pass the bill.
The bill would focus on the Black and Latino youth who make up a disproportionate amount of the inmates currently. Williams was an ambassador for the ACLU, and this cause was extremely important to the actor, per the outlet.
Hermelyn is planning to meet with Williams’ family about the proposal in due time since they are in mourning the tragic loss of their family member.
Hermelyn says prior to his death, Williams was working with his old co-star Jamie Hector who played Marlo on The Wire, and her husband Edu, to distribute school supplies to kids and parents of Flatbush. She tells TMZ that now the drive will be an annual event in honor of Williams on Sept. 12.
The Assemblymember told the outlet that she will, “continue to fight for arts and cultural programming funds in East Flatbush, and also for at-risk youth across the state.”
We previously reported that Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday with drug paraphernalia was on a table nearby suggesting that he died from a drug overdose. He was 54.