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Season 7, Episode 13 Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

First Aired: February 7, 2006

A powerful profile of civil-rights activist Robert F. Williams, author of “Negroes with Guns,” who challenged the concept of nonviolent protest through such acts as arming himself against the KKK. The film examines his struggle through archival news footage of his speeches and interviews with those who worked with him. Williams' widow, Mabel, recalls that her husband took up the cause even though he originally “never wanted to be a leader.”

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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