Research Project Title

Robert F. Williams: Civil Rights Activist & Revolutionary Nationalist

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Robert F. Williams (1925-1996) was an African-American civil rights activist and revolutionary known for encouraging black communities to practice armed self-defense and resistance against groups like the Ku Klux Klan. He is also known for his views regarding black separatism and violent revolution. With evidence and biographical information from several primary source newspaper articles, from Williams’ own writings, and from historians like Timothy B. Tyson, this presentation argues that Williams identified with the revolutionary component of Marxian-communist theory, and that it reinforced a view of himself as a “freedom fighter” in a line of historic American revolutionary nationalists.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-a

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Apr 28th, 2:15 PM Apr 28th, 3:45 PM

Robert F. Williams: Civil Rights Activist & Revolutionary Nationalist

HUB Multipurpose Room

Robert F. Williams (1925-1996) was an African-American civil rights activist and revolutionary known for encouraging black communities to practice armed self-defense and resistance against groups like the Ku Klux Klan. He is also known for his views regarding black separatism and violent revolution. With evidence and biographical information from several primary source newspaper articles, from Williams’ own writings, and from historians like Timothy B. Tyson, this presentation argues that Williams identified with the revolutionary component of Marxian-communist theory, and that it reinforced a view of himself as a “freedom fighter” in a line of historic American revolutionary nationalists.