What are three examples when the black community honors Atticus for defending Tom in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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There are many instances when the black community honors Atticus. First, even after the case (when Tom was found guilty), the black community honors Atticus. They know that Atticus went out of his way to help. They know that he risked his reputation and life in view of the racist town. In light of this, Tom Robinson's father gave him a chicken, which Calpurnia prepared. 

To Kill A Mockingbird:

Calpurnia said, “Tom Robinson’s daddy sent you along this chicken this morning. I fixed it.”

When Jem and Scout woke up after the trial, others in the black community dropped off a lot of more food. In a very touching scene, we get a sense of the love of the black community. They gave in their poverty to honor Atticus.

To Kill A Mockingbird:

We followed him. The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork, tomatoes, beans, even scuppernongs. Atticus grinned when he found a jar of pickled pigs’ knuckles. “Reckon Aunty’ll let me eat these in the diningroom?”

Calpurnia said, “This was all ‘round the back steps when I got here this morning. They—they ’preciate what you did, Mr. Finch. They—they aren’t oversteppin‘ themselves, are they?”

Atticus’s eyes filled with tears. He did not speak for a moment. “Tell them I’m very grateful,” he said. “Tell them—tell them they must never do this again. Times are too hard...”

Finally, even in smaller ways the black community honored Atticus, such as when Reverend Sykes reminds Scout that she should stand to honor her father. 

Reverend Sykes’s voice was as distant as Judge Taylor’s: “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin‘.”

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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