NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power

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Shot from the back of an auditorium: audience watches NEGROES WITH GUNS on a wide-angle screen, the image of an African American woman is projected on the screen, on stage, are chairs and a podium.

“We hope to restore Rob and Mabel Williams to their rightful place as important civil rights figures who defied the white power structure without the protection of large numbers or the attention of television cameras. We also hope this story will cause people to think long and hard about what it means to be a patriot and what constitutes acceptable dissent in this country.”
— Sandra Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson

Credited with inspiring the Black Power Movement, Robert Williams led his North Carolina hometown to defend itself against the Ku Klux Klan and challenge repressive Jim Crow laws. NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power follows Williams's journey from southern community leader to exile in Cuba and China, a journey that brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

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