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Robert F. Williams papers

Repository: University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library

Collection Description (Extant): African American civil rights activist and black militant leader in Monroe County North Carolina who came to advocate armed self-defense in response to violence, left the United States in 1961 and lived in Cuba and China until 1969 when he settled in Baldwin Michigan. Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio-visual material, manuscripts, petitions, and government documents documenting the civil rights movement, black nationalism, radical politics in the United States and Williams's experiences in Cuba and China.

The Audio Visual series (1964-1996) consists of three subseries: sound recordings, photographs, and videocassettes. The sound recordings include audio tape reels of Williams' "Radio Free Dixie" broadcasts, an oral history on cassette tape, a recording of a public discussion on China in which Williams participated, and a radio interview with Williams. The photograph subseries richly document Williams' residences in Cuba, China, and the United States.

Date(s): 1951-1997

Existing IDs: 85506 Aa 2, UAl

Extent: 14 linear feet and 1 oversize folder

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Robert F. Williams

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American radio broadcasters
African Americans--Michigan
Black militant organizations
Black nationalism
Civil rights movements--Michigan
Civil rights movements--North Carolina
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People


Sound recordings


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