Dennis was born in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1978, she founded Fam-Co Learning and Development Center, a non-profit child daycare center. The agency would go on to provide additional counseling services for unwed mothers and at risk teenagers. Over the years to come, Fam-Co won national praise, but Dennis' fraudulent use of Fam-Co monies eventually caused her to be convicted of felony charges, resulting in her being forced out of office.
Civil rights activism
Willye Dennis served as president of the Jacksonville NAACP Branch from 1984-2004. She was brought to national attention due to a bomb being sent to the headquarters addressed to her. There were also flyers distributed, which offered an award for her assassination.
In 1992, Dennis was elected as a Democrat to the Florida House of Representatives District 15 and subsequently reelected. She served as the Vice Chair of the Education K-12 Committee, on the Financial Services Committee and the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee. She held this position until her conviction on criminal felony charges related to Fam-Co.
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