Cecil J. Williams (born November 26, 1937) is an American photographer, publisher, author and inventor best known for his photography documenting the civil rights movement in South Carolina beginning in the 1950s.
He began his career at an early age, photographing wedding and family parties. He studied art at Claflin University, while also being a photographer for the university.
His work has been published in hundreds of books, newspapers and television documentaries. His photography and art has been exhibited in galleries in the Southeast.
He has opened a history museum named, Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C. featuring hundreds of his civil rights photography for national publications. Most, the museum centers on history he has captured in South Carolina.