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‘Negroes with Guns’ takes over the Wright Museum

DETROIT — Although widely unknown, Robert F. Williams (1925-1996) was one of America’s most important leaders of the Black liberation movement. Williams’ fought for African American human rights, armed self-defense and self-determination, and against KKK terrorists, fascist police, the FBI and civil rights pacifists. Williams was president of the Monroe, North Carolina NAACP, president of Republic of New Africa and Chairman of Revolutionary Action Movement and lived in forced exile in Cuba, China and Tanzania.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will show a documentary about his life, “Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power,” on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.

Following the film, the audience will have an opportunity to converse with Reverend John C. Williams, Esq. (Robert F. Williams’ son), Dr. Gloria House (Aneb Kgositsile), Director of African-American Studies at the U-M Dearborn, and General Baker, Jr., a founding member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers who visited Cuba in 1964 specifically to meet Robert F. Williams.

“Negroes with Guns” is part of the Wright Museum’s “Injustice and  Resistance” themed  Liberation Film Series. Curators say the series “brings into focus the escalating injustice experienced by people of African descent in America today.

The purpose is to leverage the collective knowledge of scholars, students, community activists and the grassroots community in a meaningful conversation that focuses on resistance and solutions …” The 2013-2014 season runs through June 2014, and is free and open to the public.

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