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Reverend Sturdy Harris was a civil rights activist who led of a group of Freedom Riders in 1961.


Sturdy Harris was a tall and strong man who once played football for Fisk University, and was an ordained minister (a reverend).

In 1961 Alabama, Sturdy Harris led a Freedom Rider bus to protest racial segregation of public transportation. Robert Freeman accidentally boarded their bus, but he had no intention of risking his life for their cause. However Sturdy kept forcing Robert to stay with them, insisting that it's God's will for him to help liberate the black race.

Freeman was forced to endure a dangerous road trip through the South, while angry mobs and local police used violence against the Riders in an attempt to preserve white power. Eventually Sturdy, Robert, and a fellow Rider named Diane Nash were arrested and spent some jail time together.


As a dedicated supporter of the civil rights struggle, Sturdy was okay with nonviolently resisting white supremacy, even if he risked getting killed for his beliefs. However he seemed to push his protesting to new levels, as he seemed to be a big risk taker and was drawn to dangerous situations. This led to Robert questioning Sturdy's sanity, and he even accused him of being a suicidal martyr wannabe.

It's possible that Study was merely naïve, unable to accept that his fellow riders lacked his seemingly superhuman level of durability.


Sturdy, true to his name, shows a level of durability and strength that seems beyond human. He uses this ability to it's fullest by throwing himself in the way of hits and allowing violent Segregationists to attack him instead of others, only for their weapons to shatter upon impacting him and hands to break when punches are thrown his way. He never throws any punches himself as he believes in pacifism, but doesn't seem to feel that remorseful when people hurt themselves trying to attack him. He has also shown himself to be skilled in gently subduing people that attack him or his friends, and puts a great amount of care into making sure people he restrains or pushes away aren't hurt by his actions, such as when he gently lowered someone to the ground while pressing on a nerve in their neck to put them unconscious and flipped someone else over but let their head land on his softer shoe instead of the hard pavement. He is strong enough to bend a steel crowbar into a horseshoe shape to make it useless as a weapon.