Robert F. Williams, “Black Power,” and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle

  title={Robert F. Williams, “Black Power,” and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle},
  author={T. Tyson},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
  • T. Tyson
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • The Journal of American History
"The childhood of Southerners, white and colored," Lillian Smith wrote in 1949, "has been lived on trembling earth." For one black boy in Monroe, North Carolina, the earth first shook on a Saturday morning in 1936. Standing on the sidewalk on Main Street, Robert Franklin Williams witnessed the battering of an African American woman by a white policeman. The policeman, Jesse Alexander Helms, an admirer ecalled, "had the sharpest shoe in town and he didn't mind using it." The police officer's son… Expand
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