[Ppnews] Friday 5/20, Robert F Williams CD Release
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Mon May 16 14:05:57 EDT 2005
FRIDAY, MAY 20TH
FREEDOM ARCHIVES, AK PRESS & EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE present:
ROBERT F. WILLIAMS: Self-Defense, Self-Respect, and Self-Determination
Featuring: MABEL & JOHN WILLIAMS (the wife and son of Robert F. Williams)
AMIRI BARAKA: poet & playwright
DESTINY ARTS and the Howard Wiley Trio
First Unitarian Church of Oakland | 685 14th Street | 7 pm
co-sponsored by Eastside Arts Alliance
Celebrating the release of Robert F. Williams, a new audio documentary
produced by the Freedom Archives and published by AK Press. Also available:
a Robert Williams resource guide
ROBERT F. WILLIAMS marches in the company of Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Kwame
Ture, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker and other leading voices of Black
liberation. He was one of the most important and controversial leaders of
the freedom movement. Yet his work, words, and profound influence are
absent in most historical accounts. With this CD, the Freedom Archives
contributes to a growing body of recent scholarship, telling the story of
Robert Williams through an exclusive interview with Mabel Williams, his
widow, who was with him every step of the way. The program traces their
journey from NAACP leadership and armed self-defense against the Klan in
Monroe, North Carolina through exile and internationalist solidarity in
Cuba, China, Africa, and back to the United States. It features rare
speeches, interviews, and radio broadcasts of Radio Free Dixie, the short
wave radio series Robert and Mabel broadcast from Cuba.
...the story of a family who fought together, struggled together and stayed
together, united and strong in the face of racism and oppression... It is a
story of human dignity and courage in the face of overwhleming odds...
Robert Williams was an extraordinary man, who has been largely lost in the
history books. His story is dramatic and compelling and this audio record
of his life is an important contribution to contemporary history. -HOWARD ZINN
Robert Williams is one of the most important figures in the history of the
black freedom movement... Thanks to the Freedom Archives and the work of
his widow Mabel Williams, his story will be "heard" by many more people.
And in these political times, we need to remember Rob Williams' courage,
his unyielding internationalism, and the movement he helped to build.
-ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
This very human story told by Mabel R. Williams, a deeply admired and
respected icon of the Civil Rights movement, will help young people of all
backgrounds understand the people and their struggles...
-GWENDOLYN MIDLO HALL
With this CD, the Freedom Archives makes an important contribution to
American history and politics. Countering superficial readings of U.S.
democracy and Black freedom struggles, this narrative by Robert and Mabel
Williams brings a deeper and newer perspective on 20th century civil rights
and self-defense in Black liberation movements. This is a significant
gift-a story that should be taught and debated in school and on the street.
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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