I just read a wild story about the McGhee family in "I've Got the Light of Freedom" by Charles Payne. Mrs. McGhee, a black woman living in Greenwood, MS during the civil rights movement, was actually physically aggressive towards white police officers - but only when they really deserved it. Once at a rally a cop tried to hit her with his nightstick, she grabbed the nightstick and the officer!
She had three sons, Silas, Clarence, and Jake. All three of them shared her enthusiasm for their basic rights and her fearlessness in their pursuit of them. They were financially harassed and their house was routinely attacked by firebombs. When the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, Silas and his brother Jake decided that they wanted to start exercising their new right by integrating the movie theaters. Their efforts to enjoy a movie in theaters that had once been "white's only" caused riots and arrests for both Silas and his brother.
One afternoon Silas got into an argument with a white police officer. Later that evening he was shot in the head at close range. The book says that immediately after he was shot "he could hear a woman's voice over his car's shirt-wave radio: 'They got the n-----! They got him!'"
They took him to a hospital in Greenwood and, according to Bob Zellner (a legendary white civil rights worker) Silas was not offered medical treatment. Once inside the hospital "no one made any effort to help him. 'It was like that wasn't a question,' says Zellner.'"
The story of the McGhee family is comical and frustrating at the same time. I think theirs should be a household name. Not only did they show bravery and courage, but they showed a gut level understanding of their rights as Americans.