In the coming week, Americans will commemorate the assassination for Martin Luther King Junior. His is the most well-known death of the Civil Rights era. Emmett Till and Medgar Evers are oft-mentioned, too. But hundreds of African Americans were the target of racial violence – even murder during the Civil Rights movement and the years leading up to it.
In the majority of those cases, law enforcement and the courts turned a blind eye. Killers went free while the victims’ families suffered in silence – often without a clear image of exactly what happened to their loved one.