NEGROES WITH GUNS:  Rob Williams and Black Power


Thursday, November 19th – 6:00 PM

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood

7101 Hamilton Ave., PGH, 15208

Doors Open at 5:00 PM

Suggested Donation:  $2     Refreshments Available



NEGROES WITH GUNS:  Rob Williams and Black Power


2005   USA    53 minutes

Directed by: Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts

Associate Directors: Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson

Writer: Sandra Dickson



Writer/Co-Director: Sandra Dickson

Co-Director: Churchill Roberts
Associate Directors: Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson
Original Score: Terence Blanchard




Organization of American Historians Erik Barnouw Award, 2006
Winner, Best Feature Audience Award, Detroit Docs
Winner, Best Documentary Film Feature Urban World Film  Festival
Official Selection, Big Sky Film Festival




“Robert Williams’ insistence on armed self-defense in response to racist terrorism inspired hundreds of followers, yet his story has been marginalized or erased from Civil Rights history. Negroes with Guns revives the powerful words and actions of this legendary Black leader and restores him to his central place in the Black struggle for dignity and human rights.”


Kathleen Cleaver, Former Black Panther,

Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Emory University School of Law



NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against violent racists. In doing so, Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, he alienated the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance.


Robert F. Williams was the forefather of the Black Power movement and broke dramatic new ground by internationalizing the African American struggle.  Negroes with Guns is not only an electrifying look at an historically erased leader, but also provides a thought-provoking examination of Black radicalism and resistance and serves as a launching pad for the study of Black liberation philosophies. Insightful interviews with historian Clayborne Carson, biographer Timothy Tyson, Julian Bond, and a first person account by Mabel Williams, Robert’s wife, bring the story to life.

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