Robert Williams (1926–1996)

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A negro with guns; Tribute to Rob Williams
From The African American Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, 1 November 1996. Statement read at a memorial program.
Robert F. Williams Memorial Honors Life Of Struggle
By Holly Harkness, The Militant, 18 November 1996. At a November 1 meeting to celebrate the life of civil rights fighter Robert F. Williams, an announcemnet of plans to reprint his 1962 book, Negroes with Guns.
Robert Williams 1925–1995. ‘A couple of years ahead of his time’—Malcolm X
By Stephen Millies, Workers World, 21 November 1996. Short biography of Robert F. Williams, who died October 15th. His story is a remarkable chapter in the history of Black liberation.
Black Liberation leader Robert Williams remembered
By J. Marquardt, Workers World, 28 May 2005. Celebration of the release of a new audio documentary about civil-rights leader Robert F. Williams. In 1956, when the North Carolina governor did nothing to stop KKK attacks, Williams and the local NAACP formed a National Rifle Association chapter and trained their members in using firearms.
Documentary looks at the shaping of Robert Williams, known as the “violent crusader.”
By Tim Whitmire, Associated Press Writer, Detroit News, 7 February 2006. The documentary about Robert Williams, shown with wife Mabel in Tanzania in 1969, chronicles his life in the South and during his exile abroad.
Outspoken and Feared but Largely Forgotten
By Felicia R. Lee, The New York Times, 7 February 2006. “Negroes With Guns,” a 1962 manifesto about a group battling the Klan and other white terrorists in Monroe, N.C., is still a compelling title. But the story of its author, Robert F. Williams, has gathered dust.
Robert F. Williams
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 10 January 2008. Robert Franklin Williams (February 26, 1925–October 15, 1996) was a civil rights leader, author, and the president of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP chapter in the 1950s and early 1960s. At a time when racial tension was high and official abuses were rampant, Williams was a key figure in promoting both integration and armed Black self-defense in the United States.