Williams, Robert F. (Robert Franklin), 1925-1996
Robert Williams, husband of Mabel, was the descendant of a long line of assertive African Americans in Monroe, North Carolina. Robert's militant attack on segregation in the community lead to many clashes with the white leadership. Williams armed himself and trained fellow African Americans in armed self-defense. He demonstrated to desegregate and all-white swimming pool and ran for mayor. Eventually, Williams left Monroe and moved out of the United States.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive (University of Southern Mississippi Libraries)
- Eyes on the Prize Interviews (Washington University in St. Louis University Libraries)
- Freedom Riders' 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 (John Davis Williams Library (University of Mississippi))
- Independent Lens (PBS Online)
- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement (Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill))