#021 Armed Self-Defense in the Civil Rights Era: The Deacons for Defense and Justice, with Lance Hill

Being targeted by one aggressor is unpleasant enough. Facing many aggressors, who have preyed on many people for years without pushback, is another beast altogether. It was due to this second scenario, where systemic double-standards were the norm, that The Deacons for Defense and Justice emerged. A group of individuals who had enough and who came together to protect each other and their community. The Deacons, as an organization, existed for a relatively short period of time. But their impact was enormous and lasting. Joining us this week is Dr. Lance Hill, the foremost scholar on the subject, who shares his insight.

Each of us can be a hero.


Lance Hill’s book The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and The Civil Rights Movement

The Deacons for Defense on Wikipedia

The Deacons for Defense records in National Archives

Deacons for Defense film listing on IMDB

Bogalusa Civil Rights March 5min by Hezakya Newz & Films

The Deacons for Defense and Justice: Guardians of the Black Community 6min by On The Shoulders of Giants

The Deacons for Defense and Justice 15min

The History of The Deacons of Defense and Justice! 18min by Locs N Load Firearm Review

Jerry Martin Deacons For Defense 1hr26min by Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Films