This hero took the brunt of a scared mob's fear. American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.
Lindiwe Mazibuko: Former Parliamentary Leader for the Democratic Alliance and the first black woman to lead the parliamentary opposition in the National Assembly in South Africa. Also a certified badass.