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Robert Williams Threatened

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Parent Issue
Day
29
Month
October
Year
1971
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ROBERT WILLIAMS THREATENED

Robert Williams, former head of he Republic of New Africa, has filed charges in the U. S. Department of Just-us in the Motor City against the governors and attorney generals of Michigan and North Carolina of conspiracy to deny him his civil rights.

"My rights are being denied, not because I'm a criminal," he said, "but because of my political activity as a black man and my refusal to act like a nigger--keep my mouth closed and renege on my manhood. I'm not prepared to do that."

Williams, who has been teaching his past year at the University of Michigan, is charged with kidnapping a white couple in a 1961 racial disturbance in Monroe, N.C. After the incident, he fled the United States and lived in exile in Cuba, Africa and China. He returned to Detroit in 1969. He was protecting the couple, not kidnapping them Williams contends.

Williams, who has just finished a book about his experiences in the People's Republic of China, now faces extradition to North Carolina. Governor Milliken agreed in 1969 to send Williams back to stand trial.

The Michigan Supreme Court has refused to hear Williams request that extradition is illegal, and Williams remains free on bond pending final disposition of the extradition case. His attorney, Roger Craig, said there's still hope that the extradition can be beaten in court.

Friz Palmer

 

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