Troy Williams grew up in the segregated South and knows what it’s like to be poor. He describes his former living conditions as “horrible.”
“In rural North Carolina, for my first 14 years, we lived in a home with no running water and no inside bathroom,” he says.
Williams’ mother was a homemaker and domestic worker, while his father was a sharecropper. They only had a 3rd-grade education. Williams says he never went hungry because of the hogs his family raised for meat. But as one of eight siblings and the middle child, he was no stranger to hand-me-downs. While Williams’ maternal grandparents had some wealth, his paternal grandparents were very poor and died before he was born.