The Deacons; the black armed Christians who protected MLK, civil rights supporters before Black Panther – Face2Face Africa

Given that African-Americans were an easy target in the 1950s and 1960s, the Ku Klux Klan – the white supremacist group – had a free reign, terrorizing and even murdering civil rights supporters.

The incessant attacks were so frequent that many civil rights workers armed themselves for self-protection. Even the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had so many guns during the 1950s that one visitor called it an “arsenal.”

Source: The Deacons; the black armed Christians who protected MLK, civil rights supporters before Black Panther – Face2Face Africa

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