Claude Williams Papers

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Claude Williams served as a minister in various congregations and was active in the labor and civil rights movements. Mr. Williams worked closely with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (SFTU), founded the New Era Training School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the People’s Institute for Applied Religion (PIAR), served as the national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and as director of Commonwealth College.
Mr. Williams’ papers reflect his career as a minister and as a civil rights and labor advocate. Particularly well documented in the collection are the charges of communism and heresy brought against Mr. Williams, the activities of the PIAR, civil rights and segregation in the southern United States, and Mr. William's activities with the STFU.

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