Everyone in America, and much of the developed world, is familiar with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's fight to end the poison of institutionalized segregation in this country. In no way do I mean to disparage the good Doctor's works.
But Dr. King's campaign of nonviolent resistance might not have succeeded without the teeth of the Deacons for Defense and Justice backing it up. One of their leaders, Robert Hicks, passed away today at the age of 81.
America has lost a true unsung hero. RIP, Mr. Hicks.