Hank Williams, Black Tech Exec & Diversity Advocate, Dies At 50

Hank Williams

Hank Williams, one of the few early African-American tech executives in Silicon Valley, died on Nov. 15 following a week-long stay at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, according to Rollingout.

He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, notes the report. He was 50.

His company Platform joined forces with Morehouse College and Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) to help raise the number of minority high school students and subsequent college students interested in computer science, writes USA Today.

He was among eight entrepreneurs who lived together in Silicon Valley for nine weeks in 2011 as part of the first NewME accelerator program, USA Today writes. Their experience was chronicled by CNN in the special Black In America: The New Promised Land — Silicon Valley.

Twitter users paid tribute to the pioneer.

Hank was one of the @BlackInAmerica docs on inequality in Silicon Valley. A real leader and kind human being. https://t.co/vLDJbPROav

— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) November 15, 2015

Shocked and very saddened by the passing of good friend & colleague Hank Williams, founder of @PlatformOrg, pic.twitter.com/JmWp7FzkFI

— Mitch Kapor (@mkapor) November 15, 2015

@anildash @KristyT @BrothaTech This. Yes. And genuine and giving. Very rare in this space. Saddened deeply.

— Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) November 15, 2015

Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.

SOURCE: Rollingout, USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter

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