robert f. williams

Things I’ve learned from my reading so far:

-Abe Lincoln once suggested cow dung as a dueling weapon.

-James Madison is the only president to have honorary citizenship in another country. (it’s France)

-Ronald Reagan was the first president to ever be divorced.

-Dolley Madison is the longest serving First Lady or White House Hostess.

-The Kennedys met because Jackie was the camera girl interviewing JFK.

-Edith Wilson is known as “the presidentress” because of her role in making decision on behalf of her husband after he suffered a stoke.

-Grace Coolidge delivered a is the only first lady to give a speech at Gallaudet. (and yes, she did sign it)

-Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 states.

-William Henry Harrison gave the longest Inaugural Speech, FDR gave the shortest. 

-Andrew Jackson was drunk when he was sworn in as Vice President.

-James Madison is the only president to ever lead troops from the battlefield.

-John Tyler had the nickname of “His Accidency”

-John Quincy Adams wore the same hat every day for 10 years.

-JFK was the first president to never wear a hat.

-Ulysses S Grant’s favorite horse was named Jeff Davis, to mock the president of the Confederacy. 

-James Madison once accused Benjamin Franklin of being a British spy.

-Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, was present for three presidential assassinations.

“You’re one Person...”

“…you can’t make a difference.”

Oh No!

You’re right!

I mean

It’s not like


Have ever

Made lasting



On the world.

That would be impossible!

Completely Insane!

And unheard of!

Too bad for me…


Images taken from “Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglass.”

“Clayborne Carson names Robert F. Williams as one of two central influences-the other being Malcolm X [top picture]-on the formation of the Black Panthers.”

Taken from the introduction of ”Negroes with Guns,” by Timothy B. Tyson (page xxx)

For Malcolm’s speeches and writings, go here:

And here for Robert F. Williams:

Second picture from the top reveals both Huey P. Newton (right side) and Bobby Seale (left side).

Third image from the top shows Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) on the left and Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) on the right.

For more on Kwame Ture go to:

For Jamil Al-Amin go to:

Image from fourth top row: Remembering George Jackson, author of Blood in My Eye and Soledad Brother, killed in 1971 in the prison yards at San Quentin.

For more on George Jackson:

Bottom picture is of Fred Hampton. For more on Fred Hampton visit:



 Robert F. Williams on Self-Defense

Kennedy Family portrait at Caroline’s wedding, 1986


Two classic retro runners the Asics Gel Lyte III and the Saucony Grid 9000 paired with the prison writings of Black Liberation Army soldier Russell Maroon Shoatz “Maroon the Implacable”; an amazing biography of the man who inspire the Black Panthers and who brought organized armed self defense to the Civil Rights Movement Robert F Williams #robertfwilliams “Radio Free Dixie”; the second edition of George Katsiaficas’ Asia’s Unkown Uprisings, histories of anti authoritarian resistance to Asia’s military dictatorships from 1947-2009; and one of the greatest works of anarchist writing ever, Letters of Insurgents. 


Not-lead characters that I adore beyond reason: An Advent Calendar

Day 2: Lukey (Robert Newton) - Odd Man Out [1947]

I have a feeling that one of the reasons I heartily love Bob Newton is that I watched Odd Man Out a good few times before I ever saw him in anything else, especially Oliver Twist, (in a bout of James Mason vs Dickens, there’s only ever going to be one winner for me), and so it’s Lukey that I think of first when I think of Bob, and (thankfully) not the terrifying Bill Sykes. 

Along with nearly everyone else in the film, Lukey wants a piece of Johnny McQueen, for his own ends. But even though Lukey’s the caricature of the artist-as-lush, an exhuberant reprobate, larger than life and twice as loud, there’s an honesty about him, and about what he’s trying to do. He’s seeking the truth of life and death; he can see it in Johnny, if only he can get it down on canvas. He doesn’t want to save his soul, or sell it; he wants to paint it. And this is probably why he’s my fave, because I can understand his desire. I guess I believe in art more than god or money. 

Bob Newton is a terrific actor, often undervalued, or dismissed as a bit of a drunken ham. And Lukey is a drunken ham, but he knows he is, and Bob knows that, and plays him as one, whilst also showing that underneath there’s something more, something that is looking deeper, struggling to capture truth in paint. In an atmospherically shot film, with an amazing lead performance and  (as you’d expect from Carol Reed) a supporting cast full of interest and depth and life, Lukey is an ebullient, engaging, irrepressible character.  

anonymous asked:

do you know any pdfs for malcolm books or any others? btw have you heard of "lies my teacher told me?" i think its right up your alley

Unfortunately, the Tumblr Readabookson was deleted. They had hundreds of books in PDF form. What I’ve told people is to start going to libraries because many books can be easily gotten there. If your local library doesn’t have a certain book, it can be ordered from another library to yours for a pick up. Some of the books on here you should be able to find for cheap on Ebay. I have heard of that one, and I will be reading it. Right now I have a long list I have to read first, but thanks for the recommendation.

I’ve also set up my own resource center where you can find all sorts of excerpts from dozens of speeches, interviews, videos, and books here (with sources) depending on who you want to read (this is updated almost every day):

Malcolm X: There’s a Worldwide Revolution Going On

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere

Fred Hampton: Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win

Robert F. Williams: We Must Protect Ourselves, We Must Defend Ourselves

Assata Shakur: She Who Struggles

Amílcar Cabral: The Weapon Theory

Medgar Evers: We Cannot Let Up Now

Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael): Organization Is The Weapon Of The Oppressed

Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap. Brown): If you can’t beat yourself you can’t beat nobody else. Everybody can fight but everybody can’t win

George Jackson: I’ve been patient, but where I’m concerned patience has its limits. Take it too far and it’s cowardice.

Eldridge Cleaver: Either you’re part of the solution, or part of the problem

Dr. Amos N. Wilson: We must prepare for revolution and prepare for war

Patrice Lumumba: Africa will write its own history, and to the north and south of the Sahara, it will be a glorious and dignified history.

Thomas Sankara: When the people stand up, imperialism trembles

These are other resources:

Dr. Earl Grant: Archivist of Malcolm X

James Baldwin:

Black Panther Party resource:

anonymous asked:

What are some books you believe to be a good, learning sources about racism, decolonization, socialism, etc. on your own bookshelf?

This is my and my girlfriend’s bookshelf as it stands now. Granted, many of these I am still reading or have yet to read (that seems to forever be a thing). 

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But here is a list I previously made when I received this question. It is far from exhaustive, but includes at least many essays I have read too. I enjoy essays because you can print them and carry them with you if you aren’t much of a Kindle person:

  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  • The Open Sore of a Continent by Wole Soyinka
  • Anarchism and the Black Revolution by Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin 
  • Pacifism as Pathology by Ward Churchill 
  • Violence and the State by Standing Deer
  • Race Matters by Cornell West 
  • Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession by Studs Terkel 
  • Inipi: Sweat Lodge by Leonard Peltier
  • National Liberation Movement’s in Global Context by Jeff Sluka
  • Property is Theft by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • Imperialism: The Highest State of Capitalism by Vladimir I. Lenin
  • Thirty Theses by Jason Godesky 
  • July 4th Address by Assata Shakur 
  • Assata an Autobiography by Assata Shakur 
  • The Communist Idea and the Question of Terror by Alian Badiou 
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon 
  • The Uses of the Erotic by Audre Lorde 
  • The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde 
  • Communion: The Female Search for Love by bell hooks
  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  • Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam by Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Nonviolence and Racial Justice by Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • The Ballot or the Bullet by Malcolm X
  • Prison, Where is Thy Victory by Huey P. Newton 
  • Towards a United Front by George Jackson
  • Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation by Angel Y. Davis
  • Power Anywhere There’s People by Fred Hampton 
  • On the Black Liberation Army by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim
  • The World’s Religions by Hudson Smith
  • On the Value of Skepticism by Bertrand Russel
  • The Ethics of Belief by William Clifford
  • All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
  • Endgame Vol I: The Problem of Civilization; Endgame Vol II: Resistance by Derrick Jensen
  • On the Origin of Inequality Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown 
  • Power Systems by Noam Chomsky 
  • The Threat of a Good Example by Noam Chomsky 
  • The Soviet Union Versus Socialism by Noam Chomsky 
  • A March of LIberty: A Constitutional History of the United States Vol: I & II by Melvin L. Urofsky & Paul Finkleman 
  • Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution by John Garraty 
  • The European Union by John Pinder 
  • The Undiscovered Self by C.G. Jung 
  • The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau  
  • The Other World 9th Edition 
  • American Indian Mythology by Alice Marriott & Carol K. Rachlin 
  • The American Indian by Raymond Friday Locke 
  • The Removal of the Choctaw Indians by Arthur H. DeRosier Jr. 
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 
  • Negroes with Guns by Robert F. Williams 
  • Discipline & Punishment: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault 
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexanders 
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn 
  • Decolonizing Anarchism by Maia Ramnath 

Finally, search my blog for the tag books to find many more, for free at that! You can also scroll the side and click on each sub-category to more tailor your search.