Friday, April 25, 2014
2013 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Freedom Fighter & Black Power Icon Mabel R. Williams Passes, Funeral Today
FUNERAL & BURIAL INFORMATION:
Homecoming Services for Civil Rights Leader and International Human Rights Champion, Queen Mother Mabel Williams will be held in Detroit, Michigan on Friday, April 25, 2014.
The Family hour will be held at 2 p.m. and Funeral services will commence at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s AME Church on Friday, April 25, at 2260 Hunt Street, Detroit Michigan. Services are provided by Swanson Funeral Home, N.W. Chapel, 14751 McNichols Road in Detroit, MI 48235 (313) 272-9000
Viewing: Monroe, N. C. Sunday, 4/27/2014, 12 noon-7:00p.m.
Internment: Monday, 11:00a.m., Hill Crest Cometary, Monroe N.C.
N. C. services provided by : J, Harris Funeral Home, 601 Winchester Ave. 28110 (704) 289-4243
Note: The Following Response Is What I Sent To Rev. John Williams, The Son Of 2013 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honorees Sis. Mabel & Bro. Robert F. Williams...
Thank you so much for sending this my way...My sincerest condolences...Your mom was a phenomenal Black woman and the standard bearer of what Black and empowered womanhood should BE!!! Along with her husband and your father, Robert F. Williams, they boldly and beautifully represented the ideal balance of Black Love and Power for all time...I have no doubt that your father could not have achieved a slither of what he did without her having his back with unquestionable loyalty and guns loaded and pointed, ready to blast if an adversary got out of line…When His KKKountry Turned Its Back On Him It Was That Black Woman’s Reassurance & Companionship That Kept Him Strong And That Also Reminded Him What Was Really Worth Fighting, Living, & Dying For…The Love That They Had For Each Other & Black People Is Unparalleled & Cannot BE Fully Described By Any Words In The Oppressor’s Language…They Practiced A Liberating & Revolutionary Black Love…Your parents not only raised you and your brother but basically a generation of freedom fighters who hopefully planted the seeds for succeeding generations to grow, know and prosper fully liberated...I will spread this pertinent information through my networks...We must honor our true freedom fighters and standard bearers by picking up where they left off and continuing the fight until total victory is ours…
We Will Be In Touch Soon, But I Am Glad I Was Able To Give Her One More Flower That She Could Smell Before She Went To The Revolutionary Afterlife To BE With Her BEloved Bro. Robert…Sis. Mabel Was Truly Beyond Category!!! She Will BE Missed But May Her Revolutionary Spirit Continue To Reside Within The People!!! It Is Still Power To The People!!! Rest In Power Sis Mabel Williams!!!
Bro. Ron aka R2C2H2 Tha Arivist
Founder & Chief Executive Artivist
The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.
P.O. Box 752062
Robert F. Williams: Negroes With Guns (Full Documentary)
Mabel Robinson Williams
(Sunrise 6/1/1931-Sunset 4/19/2014)
CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY
On June 1, 1931 in Monroe, North Carolina, Mabel Ola Robinson was born as the 2nd daughter to her proud parents Emma Perry Robinson and King David Robinson. Her older sister Elizabeth R. Redfern proceeded her in death.
As a child, Mabel grew up active with her family in Elizabeth Baptist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. It was at this church she had her first encounters with the Williams family.
Though Mabel became acquainted with death at an early age through the death of her baby brother and natural father, she had a secure and happy childhood. Her step-father Chalmers Barbour was a wonderful family man who loved, protected, and provided well for the family.
As a teen bride, she married her late husband of 49 years; Robert Franklin Williams Sr. To their union was born Robert Franklin Jr. and John Chalmers. Together, lead by Robert Sr., the family would become a legendary historic family of the U.S. civil and human rights struggle and the “Black Liberation Movement”.
Mabel was warned by her mother and father-in-law John L. Williams, that her marriage to Robert would not be a “normal” ordinary marriage, yet, she had no idea how radical and turbulent her life would become. As a loving wife and mother in the 50s and 60s Mabel was caught-up in the civil rights movement for de-segregation and justice. During this period Mabel and family became known nationally and internationally for their activism. Mabel and Robert are hailed for their courageous and devoted leadership during this era. During most of the decade of the 60s Mabel and family lived In Cuba and the People’s Republic of China and travelled to various countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe functioning as friendship ambassadors for the ever-intensifying African-American struggle. Through their advocacy and educational efforts, many foreign friends and world leaders became sympathizers and supporters of the African-American struggle. In 1969 Mabel and Robert returned to the U.S. from three years in the Peoples Republic of China. The two of them have been acknowledged for their contribution towards the thawing of relations between the United States and China during the Nixon administration which lead to entrance and normalized relations with China. A museum was dedicated in 1999 to Robert, Mabel, and other international liberation fighters who had resided in China.
Upon returning to the U. S. in 1969, the Williams family lived in Detroit and Ann Arbor a couple of years .They moved to Baldwin Michigan in 1971 with intent of living a quiet and peaceful life in semi-retirement. It wasn’t long after becoming residents of Baldwin that Mabel and Robert observed the need and once again found themselves being called to community service. Mabel joined Saint Anne’s Catholic Church (where she remained a faithful member and served as a Eucharistic Minister) and became active in the social services delivery community.
In the mid-seventies, in addition to her social services and church work, Mabel and husband Robert were actively involved in social justice advocacy, which lead to the establishment of ‘The Peoples Association for Human Rights, Inc. In 1981 Mabel was appointed by then Governor William G. Milliken as a delegate to represent Michigan at the ‘White House Conference on Aging’.
Over the years she worked for Michigan State University. Extension Service, The 5-CAP Lake Mason and Newago counties, Senior Citizen Nutrition Program (Program Director), Oakland Manor Apartments, Congregate Housing Model Project of Baldwin (Human Services Coordinator), And Saint Anne’s Catholic Parish(Seniors Meals and Human Services Program), from which she retired as Director in 1996.
The compassionate and giving spirit of Mabel R. Williams has touched many lives. Even in retirement and intermittent health challenges, she remained active in community affairs; Some of her affiliations and acknowledgements included: The Lake County Community Foundation (trustee); 5 County-Community Action Program, Board of Directors; Idlewild Merry Makers Board of Directors, Franklin Wright African American Museum of History member, recipient of the Saint Peter Claver Award-Grand Rapids ,MI; Member of the Black Catholic Association of Michigan; recipient of the Queen Mother Audrey Moore Award, Temple University Black Studies Department, and first lady of the People’s Republic of New Africa. Mabel was also frequently called upon to share her life experiences with many churches, academic learning institutions, grass roots organizations, and conferences nationally and internationally. In October of 2012, The Idlewild Cultural Conference Center was named Mabel R. Williams Cultural Conference Center as a tribute in her honor for her outstanding contribution to the City.
Mabel and Robert worked tirelessly together as one, in their contribution to the struggle to uplift black people and marginalized humanity. It is impossible to speak of Rob Williams accomplishments and exploits in the civil and human rights struggle without simultaneously discussing the significant role this warrior woman played as his ‘help meet’. by his side, at his back, out in front, and behind closed doors as she followed Rob all around the world advocating and sounding the alarm for our people!
Through out her life Mabel enjoyed greatly family interactions and many life long friendships. She was often described as a “people person” by those who knew her and experienced her contagious smile.
She leaves behind to grieve her passing her son John Chalmers Williams (wife Lisa), step-son Franklin Williams, and grand sons: Robert F. III, and Benjamin Paul Williams, and great-grand daughters: Cali and Sasha Williams, brother–in-law John H. Williams and a host of other relatives and friends.
Much of the story of Mother Mabel’s life is documented in the following mediums;
The Black Scholar, Spring 2013, vol. 43 no1/2; ‘Negroes with Guns’ by Robert F. Williams,- book; ’Negroes with Guns’ film documentary; Radio Free Dixie, the Roots of Black Power’ by Tim Tyson- book; http://www.freedomarchives.org/RFW.html; Robert F. Williams Collection, University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library and a host of on- line resources.
A Scripture dedication from son John:
Proverbs 31:10-12 ,25-31
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life….She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her; Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Mabel R. Williams lived a life that was a blessing to her family and many others, she was, and is in deed a blessed woman in the presence of our God.