Mabel Williams, civil rights activist, dead at 82.
Mabel Robinson was born in Monroe, North Carolina in 1931. She married Robert F. Williams, a radical civil rights leader, in 1947 and they began to work together in the civil rights movement. Mabel worked as the secretary for the Union County Council of Human Relations, an organization founded by Robert that brought people of all races to work towards black freedom. In Monroe, Robert and Mabel's activites definitely drew some attention. After Robert filed for a charter from the National Rifle Association and formed the Black Guard, an armed group to protect African Americans in Monroe, he was suspened from his position as president of the local chapter of the NAACP. Facing threats from white supremacists and an arrest warrant for Robert on false kidnapping charges, Mabel and Robert fled to Cuba with their two sons, where they were granted asylum.
In Cuba, Robert and Mabel began a radio program called Radio Free Dixie, which broadcasted to the U.S. and continued publishing their pro-revolutionary newsletter, The Crusader, which Mabel was a key part of creating. In 1969, the family moved back to United States and settled in Michigan.
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