To Kill a Mockingbird

Why do the Black people stand when Atticus leaves the courtroom?

Chapter 21 and 22

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They stand out of respect for what Atticus has done for Tom and for their community. They see that Atticus had achieved the impossible even though ignorance and bigotry won out. Everyone knew the truth. As Atticus walks out the back door of the courtroom, Rev. Sykes says, "stand up Scout, your fathers passing."