I remember when this event happened. It spoke to me then, it speaks to me now. This month we are reflecting on what does it mean to be a peacemaker in the world around us.
This is an excerpt from a follow up article 17 years later after the event pictured. May God give us the strength to love others, just as He has loved us.
Images of a black teenager leaping into harm's way to protect an alleged Ku Klux Klan member from an angry mob have lost none of their impact 17 years later.
Keshia Thomas spoke with the BBC about the day when 17 KKK members held a rally in mostly liberal Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 1996.
"She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her," he said. "Who does that in this world?"
Thomas, who had previously experienced violence, says that the man did not deserve to be attacked.
"Nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea."
She has never met the man she protected again, but months later a young man approached her in coffee shop and thanked her. When she asked what he was thanking her for, his reply was simple.
"That was my dad."
You can read the full article here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/black-woman-recalls-day-saved-alleged-kkk-member-mob-article-1.1501050