The Deacons for Defense and Justice


1st encounter with KKK


Established 1st chapter

July 10, 1964

1st affiliate chapter was formed

Feb. 1, 1965

J. Edgar Hoover called for investigation

February 1965

Formally incorporated as a Louisiana nonprofit organization

March 8, 1965

chapters sprouted in AL, MS, FL, SC, & NC

Approx. March 17, 1965

Provided armed security for James Meredith’s march


Chapter formed in Chicago

April 1966