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- DescriptionVisiting Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. Just for self-defense, King assured him. It was t the only weapon King kept for such a purpose; one of his advisors remembered the reverend's Montgomery, Alabama, home as an arsenal. Like King, many ostensibly nviolent civil rights activists embraced their constitutional right to self-protection-yet this crucial dimension of the Afro-American freedom struggle has been long igred by history. In This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed, Charles E. Cobb Jr. recovers this history, describing the vital role that armed self-defense has played in the survival and liberation of black communities. Drawing on his experiences in the civil rights movement and giving voice to its participants, Cobb lays bare the paradoxical relationship between the nviolent civil rights struggle and the long history and importance of African Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against white supremacist violence.
- Author BiographyCharles E. Cobb Jr. is a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and has taught at Brown University. An award-winning journalist, he is an inductee of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. Cobb lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Author(s)Charles E. Cobb
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication04/12/2015
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note12 illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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