Robert Franklin Williams Speaks: A Documentary History

Robert Franklin Williams Speaks: A Documentary History

Edited by Ronald J. Stephens

Robert Franklin Williams Speaks: A Documentary History represents the only full-length volume that includes key documents (i.e., speeches, letters, interviews, testimonials, etc.) by and about Robert F. Williams in a single volume.

PDF, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839984587

December 2023

£50.00, $64.95

EPUB, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839984594

December 2023

£50.00, $64.95

  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
  • Links
  • Podcasts

About This Book

Williams fought a good fight for a better democracy and the collective equal rights of African Americans. He was not just a revolutionary voice and internationalist leader and voice in the Black Power movement, and should not be forgotten or dismissed because he maintained other reasons for raging his grievance towards the policies and practices of democracy in the United States. Robert F. Williams neither should be reduced to the status of a tool of Cold War politics nor to a study about armed self-defence. Rather, in his contesting the government’s refusal to defend the human rights of 22 million African Americans, Williams’ actions and uncompromising stance directly and affirmatively addressed the promise and rights guaranteed under US citizenship and the constitutional rights of the members of that society. Williams critically questioned numerous unjust acts and human rights violations, and waged (often a one-family man) war against America’s inability to practice principles of freedom and democracy, when these mistreatments were ignored. Robert F. Williams was an independent thinker, a compassionate and intelligent man. He was a common man, and despite his lofty intelligence, he was an American, claiming his right to his American citizenship. He was acutely aware of the broken promises of the United States. Yet, he nonetheless remained fully invested in assuming all of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities the Constitution guaranteed American citizens of African descent. He was always focused on making sure Americans took full advantage of the tools available in society and/or in government to bring them to bear in their situation. He believed in the redress of government, and the citizen’s right to do that. He believed that the US Constitution should be abided by and that that was the right of every citizen. Robert F. Williams collaborated with leaders of two foreign countries in order to communicate his grievances against the United States government and its citizens who remained complicit in practices of racial injustice. His exile in China from 1966 to 1969 led to his being expunged from the memory of Monroe, North Carolina’s trumped-up charges of kidnapping. He was a local civil rights leader, revolutionary nationalist, and internationalist in twentieth-century world history.

Reviews

No reviews for this title.

Author Information

Ronald J. Stephens is a professor of African American studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.

Series

No series for this title.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Part I: Robert Franklin and Mabel Robinson Williams: Modeled Black Activist Couple Resistance to Racial Injustice in the United States; Part II: Monroe, North Carolina, 1955–1961; Havana, Cuba, 1961–1966; Peking, China, 1966–1969; Appendices; Selected Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index.

Links

No Podcasts for this title.

Latest Tweets

  • Out Now! Individuals and Small Groups in Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust aims to increase our knowledge and deep… https://t.co/2NdLRyjbHu

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Available Now! This book juxtaposes the fall of the Roman Republic with the contemporary political landscape of the… https://t.co/uwj465qrhw

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Available Now! The Essential Book of Business and Life Quotations is a book of quotations for executives, academics… https://t.co/jlItDPXN8b

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Out Now! Two Thousand Thoughts is about formulating insights on various matters one encounters in a succinct form t… https://t.co/Hv9jCjmcrF

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Available Now! Portuguese and Amsterdam Sephardic Merchants in the Tobacco Trade is a history of the role of Portug… https://t.co/C8Den6sv4Q

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Out Now! The Politics of Public Opinion offers an interesting take on how public opinion has risen in the nineteent… https://t.co/hWk5bJqa6v

    - 00:29:41 on 19/01/2023
  • Out Now! The Ethics of Personal Data Collection in International Relations explains how the COVID-19 pandemic makes… https://t.co/dzC8xfHdwU

    - 00:29:41 on 11/01/2023
  • Available Now! Personal Data Collection Risks in a Post-Vaccine World observes that in key texts written to teach i… https://t.co/TfJi6lojp0

    - 00:29:41 on 11/01/2023
  • Out Now! The Anthem Companion to Peter Berger analyses the work of one of the most prominent sociologists of the pa… https://t.co/9HqRe3zv06

    - 00:29:41 on 11/01/2023
  • Available Now! Negotiation for Entrepreneurship provides insights about negotiation for start-up entrepreneurs and… https://t.co/zbS8gkdV7J

    - 00:29:41 on 11/01/2023

Comodo SSL