"Keshia Thomas, 18, uses her body to shield a man from protesters at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Ann Arbor, Mich. A crowd had begun to beat him with sticks after spotting a Confederate flag on his jacket. "Just because you beat somebody doesn't mean you're going to change his mind," Thomas said." NYT. Associated Press
The Lynching of Jesse Washington - Jesse Washington, a teenage African-American farmhand, was lynched in Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916, in what became a well-known example of racially motivated lynching. Washington was accused of raping and murdering the wife of his white employer in rural Robinson, Texas. There were no eyewitnesses to the crime, but during his interrogation by the McLennan County sheriff he signed a confession and described the location of the murder weapon
In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. was stoned (a thrown rock struck him in the head) during a March he lead (of about 700 people) in Marquette Park on Chicago's Southwest Side. The civil-rights leader and his supporters were in the white ethnic enclave to protest housing segregation practices. Approx 30 others were injured along with Dr King. He later explained why he put himself at risk: "I have to do this--to expose myself--to bring this hate into the open."
Some of the most compelling — and frequently heartbreaking — pictures made between 1861 and 1865, while battles raged between the North and the South. Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.