Political pioneer. Anthropologist. Prophet. Preacher. Peacemaker. Radical. Rebel. Revolutionary. Outcast. Hero. Visionary.
Roger Williams is characterized by many monikers, but the founder of Rhode Island – one of the earliest known advocates for the separation of church and state, as well as a proponent of equality and inclusion – has been relegated to a footnote in the annals of history.
As Roger Williams University joins the State of Rhode Island in leading the 350th anniversary celebration of the 1663 Rhode Island Colonial Charter, we invite members of the community to join us in reviving the legacy of Roger Williams, whose teachings and philosophies were integral to the foundation of America and should generate pride across the university named in his honor.
It’s time to get to know one of the forgotten Founding Fathers of American ideology.
It’s time to reclaim our legacy.
It’s time to pay attention to Roger.