Lance’s grandfather, born William P. Randall and lovingly referred to as Daddy Bill was a businessman, civil rights leader and public servant. He worked very close with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.
Pictured (left to right) is Lance’s grandfather with Rev. Ralph D. Albernathy, Jr., Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Rev. T.T. Roosevelt Ball.
In 1961, he led the movement to end segregation on city and county buses and to increase the employment of African American workers as bus drivers and mechanics. In 1980, He was elected as the first African American to serve on the Bibb County Board of Commissioners. He was the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee where he worked to increase the number of African Americans working for the Bibb County Government. He passed in 1995.
In 1999 Lance’s youngest sister, Nikki Randall, was elected as the first African American female to the Georgia General Assembly from Middle Georgia, and served as the Chairwoman of the Bibb County Legislative Delegation. She retired from the Georgia House of Representatives after 17 years, and is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Civic Engagement for Navicent Health services, and a member of the Bibb County Industrial Development Authority.