Woman Saved Racist From Mob

June 22, 1996 –

Black woman saves racist from mob
18-year-old Keshia Thomas of Ann Arbor shields a man wearing a Confederate T-shirt from an angry crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally outside Ann Arbor’s city hall.
keshia thomas

Thomas, who won national attention for her act, later said:

“People don’t have to remember my name. I just want them to remember that I did the right thing.”

By Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. The Miami Herald, 29 June 1996


  1. Reblogged this on SynergyManagedSolutions and commented:
    Would you have had the courage to step in as she did? She is proof there is still compassion and bravery in the world that can accomplish the most important of deeds.


  2. Does anyone know where or how this young lady Keshia is today? If she is still alive, and I hope she is, she would be 31 years old now. That might make for a good human interest story if someone has the time and the means and interest to do so. I wouldn’t mind knowing what has come of her life since then. Also, in this same mode of thought, what about the guy on the ground she was protecting, same questions?


  3. I’d be curious to know where the two are now too, and what they’re doing – how this pivitol moment in their lives affected them. This is an extremely powerful image and story, and not one I’d heard about before, thank you for sharing and bringing it to my attention – very inspiring and hope invoking. Blessings and gratitude, Harula xxxxxxx


  4. dont want to spoil the party, but Adolf Hitler was being assaulted and about to be put out of life in the 1920’s by a mob upset by his vitriol, when an irish man of good intention stepped in and saved him, just saying, how history could have been changed


    1. With that logic, only females should be allowed to be born. I guess we can just clone them once all the men die out. After all, pretty much all mass murdering tyrants have been men. Better not take the chance one of them turns into Hitler or Kim Jonh Il!


  5. When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you may take away me from that service? Thanks!


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