'We Will Shoot Back' Examines Civil Rights History From A Different Angle

Feb 21, 2019

As you look back over the black history education you received in your childhood, you definitely heard about Dr. Martin Luther King and his movement of non-violent protest.  

 

 

But that wasn't case for every freedom fighter during the civil rights movement. Instead of turning the other cheek, some people were hiding guns in the countryside in case they had to literally shoot back.

 

 


 

Professor Akinyele Umoja, who chairs the African American Studies department at Georgia State University, is author of the book, "We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement."

 

GPB's Leah Fleming sat down professor Umoja to talk about his book and the relationship between gun ownership and the black community today.

WATCH: Professor Umoja discusses his inspiration with the NYU Press