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    Default Activist from lunch counter protest photo dies at 84

    JACKSON, Miss. — A community organizer shown in an iconic photograph while challenging racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s has died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho.

    Known by his birth name John Salter Jr. when he worked at historically black Tougaloo College in Mississippi, he later changed his name to John Hunter Gray to honor the Native American part of his ancestry. He sometimes went by the nickname Hunter Bear Gray.
    In May 1963, Salter joined black and white Tougaloo students during a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter at the Woolworth’s store in downtown Jackson. A mob of young white people doused them with sugar, mustard and ketchup and attacked Salter with brass knuckles and broken glass.

    The taunting crowd and the peaceful protesters were captured in a black-and-white photograph that gained international attention.

    “I was burned with cigarettes, hit and had pepper thrown in my eyes,” Salter, by then known as Gray, wrote in an article published in The Guardian in 2015. “The women weren’t struck, but had their hair pulled. All the while the air was filled with obscenities, the n-word — it was a lavish display of unbridled hatred.”
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/...ies-84-n957591

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    Default Re: Activist from lunch counter protest photo dies at 84

    Courage. R.I.P.

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    Default Re: Activist from lunch counter protest photo dies at 84

    Excellent Post ABFwife...''lavish display of unbridled hatred''...which continues to this day...

    https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1094144

    https://www.azquotes.com/quote/656742

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    Default Re: Activist from lunch counter protest photo dies at 84

    John Salter said his father lived by a favorite phrase from the Industrial Workers of the World labor union: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”
    Words that all need to heed.
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    Default Re: Activist from lunch counter protest photo dies at 84

    I felt a lot of different emotions when I came across this picture. Always felt that absolutely anyone that stood up to that hatred had super courage beyond belief, and my complete respect.
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