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Deacons for Defense - Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement


Deacons for Defense Jonesboro LA Oldest Living Member

In this article I will highlight the legal might of the late Attorney James Sharp. "In 1964 a small group of African-American men in Jonesboro LA, defied the non-violence policy of the mainstream civil Rights movement and formed an armed self-defense organization to protect movement workers from vigilantes and police violence. Author, Lance Hill, offered the first detailed history of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, who grew to several hundred members and 21 chapters in the Deep South and led some of the most successful local campaigns in the Civil Rights Movement that played a crucia...

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