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[Explaining the reason for his transformation from drug dealer, prison convict, and gangster to motivational speaker urging young men to avoid drug use and stay away from gangs.] Sometime in my fifties, I became aware that there was a God in charge, and not a Melvin.
Williams was born and raised in Baltimore. His father drove a cab; his mother was a nurse's aide. Williams dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. Federal prosecutors said Williams eventually presided over a drug trade that grossed $1 million a DAY! Known as "Little Melvin" -- or "Slim" or "Black" -- for his preference for dark clothing -- he once ruled the illegal drug trade along ...