Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. April 27, 2014
Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire and host of the
Pan-African Journal worldwide radio broadcast.
For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
Tues. April 29, 2014

To listen to this special broadcast of the Pan-African Journal featuring guest Norman Otis Richmond in a tribute to Mabel Robinson Williams, Robert F. Williams and Rubin Hurricane Carter, just click on the website below:

This special broadcast features a tribute to the late Mabel Robinson Williams, the widow of Robert Franklin Williams, who made her transition on April 19, 2014. The funeral services for Mrs. Williams was held on Friday April 25 and was covered by Pan-African News Wire editor Abayomi Azikiwe, also the host of the Pan-African Journal.

Mabel Williams was very much involved in the struggle for Civil Rights and self-determination in Union County, North Carolina during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Williams organized a militant local chapter of the NAACP and an armed self-defense unit called the Black Guard.

The Black Guard mobilized hundreds of African Americans to defend their community against the racist violence of the Ku Klux Klan and the police. Williams was expelled from the NAACP in 1959 after saying that African Americans should meet violence with violence.

In 1961 they were forced to flee North Carolina and the United States to Canada seeking political asylum. After the RCMP took up their case, they went into exile in Cuba for five years and then the People's Republic of China for three additional years.

The program features a classic interview with Robert F. Williams by U.S. journalist Robert Cohen in Tanzania during late 1968. Later in the program we then bring on Norman Otis Richmond, the bluesologist and broadcaster from Toronto who met Williams during the period when he returned to the U.S. in late 1969.

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