Even in the face of destruction and racist terror, a handful of Black people emerged as heroes among the brave Americans who stood up to the bigoted Capitol mob and defended democracy.

Kevin Seefried used a Confederate flag to attack a Black police officer on Jan. 6, 2021.

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroics during the attempted coup at the Capitol on Jan. 6

Wednesday's ceremony again proved that Black people are the culture, the movement and the soul of America.

The self-restraint shown by Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with the mob storming the U.S. Capitol is rarely used when there are Black suspects.