When his mother became ill, Robert “RG” Williams was desperate to help get his family out of poverty. He dreamed of becoming a bus driver – to him, the bus represented a way out of the “hood”. The only problem, as he explains here, was that he was still a child.
I was eight years old when I started taking the bus to school. We really depended on public transport. My dad left when I was a young boy, so my mum took care of me and my nine older brothers and sisters. She did laundry and worked as a cook but her health was failing, so she struggled. We had to pull our weight from a young age, and I was always thinking of ways I could help my family.
Out of the bus window I would see drug addicts and homeless people, alcoholics buying liquor and smokes for their …