The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 19: The Hunter/Williamses
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referenced and highlighted her and Ken’s contributions to the anti-apartheid movement.

“Ken and I worked shoulder to shoulder and loved each other dearly. The sacrifices were not in vain. But it does feel good to be acknowledged. When I accepted the 2012 Rosa Parks Memorial Award, I said, ‘This isn’t for me but for my mom, Ken and my daughter.’ ”

The Coolest Black Family in America is an original series: an ongoing look at the intricacies, layers and compelling beauty of African-American family life. Of course, The Coolest Black Family is not one family but many. In fact, we’ve found that there are as many Coolest Black Families as there are versions of cool. Also consider: family doesn't always mean mother + father + kids. What defines family is connected hearts and supported souls. Ride with us weekly as we crisscross the country in search of kinfolk whose cool is so palpable and real, it comes second only to their love. Think your cool fam qualifies? Email us at (with Coolest Black Family in the subject line)!

Alexandra Phanor-Faury is a Haitian-American writer living in Brooklyn, New York with a slight (OK, major) addiction to fashion and pop culture. When she's not up in the middle of the night filling her online shopping carts and catching up on style blogs, she's writing about fashion and entertainment for a number of websites and her blog, Fringueuse.