This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

Charles E. Cobb Jr.


Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. through the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, journalist William precious nearly sat on a loaded pistol. "Just for self-defense," King guaranteed him. It was once no longer the single weapon King stored for any such goal; one in all his advisors remembered the reverend’s Montgomery, Alabama, domestic as "an arsenal." Like King, many ostensibly "nonviolent" civil rights activists embraced their constitutional correct to self-protection—yet this significant size of the Afro-American freedom fight has been lengthy missed through background. In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, Charles E. Cobb Jr. recovers this historical past, describing the very important position that armed self-defense has performed within the survival and liberation of black groups.  Drawing on his reviews within the civil rights move and giving voice to its individuals, Cobb lays naked the paradoxical dating among the nonviolent civil rights fight and the lengthy heritage and significance of African americans taking over hands to shield themselves opposed to white supremacist violence. 
 
 

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