Julie Coates (then Taylor) was a civil rights leader in Greensboro, NC, in the 1960s. The KKK threatened to kill her. They surrounded her house and tried to burn it down. AT&T turned off her phone because she had a black friend. The police all knew her license plate number.
One day she was waitressing and into the restaurant came Catfish Cole, the Grand Dragon of the North Carolina Klu Klux Klan. When he sat down, Julie pretended to trip and spilled a whole pitcher of ice water in his lap. The other waitresses never let Julie wait on him again, just to protect her.
Julie is intereviewed on the new DVD, Change Comes Knocking. We honor her and the other civil rights leaders who risked their lives to make our society a better one today.