Friday, August 27, 2010

I Will Not Crawl: excerpts from Robert F. Williams on Black struggle and armed self-defense in Monroe, NC


Looks like more and more good stuff are being produced and made available primarily as PDFs for printing - a predictable development, which i think probably makes a lot of sense.

The latest example of this to cross my screen is from the folks from NC Piece Corps, who have put together a collection of writings by Robert F. Williams, one of the most important and controversial leaders of the Black freedom movement in the 50s and 60s.

President of the NAACP in Monroe, North Carolina, Williams led the Black community in preventing Klan attacks and opposing the racism of governmental agencies, becoming an early advocate of armed self-defense, and taking a leading role in organizing a Black Armed Guard in his area. He was falsely accused of kidnapping charges by the FBI and was forced into exile. Williams lived in Cuba and China from 1961-1969. From Cuba he broadcast Radio Free Dixie, which aired the message of Black Liberation to the Southern US. He built strong relationships with world leaders like Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Mao Tse Tung, and organized international support for the human rights struggles of African-Americans.

Yet his work, words, and profound influence are absent in most historical accounts.

You can download NC Piece Corps'  “I Will Not Crawl: excerpts from Robert F. Williams on Black struggle and armed self-defense in Monroe, NC” right from their website (click on the link). They say that if you’re interested in recieving a physical master for purposes of copying and distribution, to email them at NCpiececorps@gmail.com

(To check out more pamphlets from these folks, also available for free download, check out their site at  http://ncpiececorps.wordpress.com/)



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