The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and USA Today, on the civil rights movement and self-defense

August 30, 2014

From USA Today, an article about the civil rights history of Bogalusa, Louisiana:

Charles Hicks said it “feels good” to know his native town’s civil rights contributions will be recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture …

Unlike blacks in other Southern communities, they adopted self-defense tactics, Hill said. Robert Hicks started the Bogalusa chapter of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, a group of armed blacks who defended visiting civil rights workers …

Charles Hicks recalled the February night in 1965 when friends and neighbors came armed to help protect the family after the sheriff warned them a mob was forming to lynch them and burn down their home.

Police wouldn’t protect them, Hicks said …

The Hicks family donated to the museum one of the shotguns used to protect the family and white civil workers that night in 1965 …

Thanks to Larry Arnold for the pointer.

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.
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