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Kopel: The story of the armed community organizers

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A few weeks ago, I linked to a picture of civil rights activist John Salter being attacked by a mob during a lunch counter sit in during the 1960s. I also linked to a newspaper op-ed in which Salter explained how he and other civil rights workers used firearms for protection from Klansmen and other terrorists -- when Klansmen knew that a homicide would not be witnessed by the news media. Since that blog post drew great interest from the readers, I thought that some persons might be interested in the longer version of Salter's history of the role of armed self defense in the Civil Rights Movement.

Read Original at: The Volokh Conspiracy

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