William "Bill" Owens Sr. is a Conservative Christian pastor who says he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's. Today he is a member of the infamous anti-gay hate groups 'Coalition of African-American Pastors', 'National Organization for Marriage', and the FRC. He is good friends with Tony Perkins and Bishop Harry Jackson Jr.
The Huffington Post has researched the issue and doesn't think the reverend was involved in the Civil rights movement. James Lawson, who really was involved in the Civil Rights Movement said,
If he was in Nashville during part of the time I was there, he was not paying attention to my teachings, my teachings were not about practicing social or cultural discrimination against anybody. 
Conservatives want to split blacks from gays
The following is quoted directly from Huffington Post.
"Owens has long held ties to conservative organizations, the African American liaison for the National Organization of Marriage (NOM), a conservative group that backs laws to block same-sex marriage. Earlier this year (2012), some of NOM's internal documents were made public that described its attempts at "driving a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.
"Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.
"But several polls have shown that black support for same-sex marriage has grown quickly after the president announced that he was in favor of it. Polls also show that his stance has done little to change people's opinions of him. " 
LGBT Rights Issues
“It’s a disgrace. It’s the same thing that happened when I was marching for civil rights, when they didn’t want a black to come into their restaurant, they didn’t want us staying in their hotels. Now they’re saying, because we take a Christian position, they don’t want us in their cities.” 
Owens also insulted president Obama for believing in equal marriage rights.
"The President is in the White House because of the Civil Rights movement, and I was a leader in that movement. And I didn't march one inch, one foot, one yard for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman. " 
On October 12, 2012 he tried to pull black voters away from supporting Obama using anti-gay propaganda. While sitting down with Jamilah Lemieux of Ebony, Owens said that black voters are turning against Obama because Right Wing Watch had nearly 90 thousand hits and 85 percent of the people are on their side on the issue and also told Lemieux that “there isn’t such thing as separation as church and state.” Owens effectively admitted to Lemieux that CAAP is a single-issue organization dedicated to opposing marriage equality, insisting that marriage equality for gays and lesbians must be stopped because,
“the Black family has been destroyed by homosexuality, and it will help deteriorate the Black family more than anything else.” 
"We're our own problem right now. We are are own problem and we need good moral leadership and I expected that from Obama. Same sex marriage is not [representative of that]...I felt that that one issue was enough to help deteriorate the Black family more than anything else"
In November 2012 he talked to Sandy Rios and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association for their organization’s election night special about the “unbelievable” impact if Maryland voters approve their state’s marriage equality law, which did indeed pass. He said,
If we “change God’s law” by legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption then “the whole gamut of the family is going to be destroyed and all areas of the social life will be destroyed from what has been for thousands of years.” 
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