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History will record the courage, commitment, devotion, sincerity and love of Robert Williams for his people.
— Minister Louis Farrakhan
First published in 1962, Negroes with Guns is the story of a southern black community's struggle to arm itself in self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups. Frustrated and angered by violence condoned or abetted by the local authorities against blacks, the small community of Monroe, North Carolina, brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the civil rights movement. The single most important intellectual influence on Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, Negroes with Guns is a classic story of a man who risked his life for democracy and freedom.
The long association and deep respect shared by Brother Robert Williams, the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a matter of record. History will record the courage, commitment, devotion, sincerity and love of Robert Williams for his people.
– Minister Louis Farrakhan, is the leader of the African-American religious movement the Nation of Islam (NOI).
. . . Mr. Williams made outstanding contributions to the just cause of the American Black people and the mutual understanding between Chinese and American peoples. His dedication to the building the bridge of friendship. . . won high respect from Chinese leaders and Chinese people. He will live forever in the memory of Chinese people."
– Qi Huaiyuan, President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Beijing