Jimmie Lee Jackson (December 16, 1938-February 26, 1965) was a civil rights activist in Marion, Alabama, and a deacon in the Baptist church. On February 18, 1965, he was beaten by troopers and shot by an Alabama State Trooper while participating in a peaceful voting rights march in his city. Jackson was unarmed; he died several days later in the hospital. His death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965, a major event in the American Civil Rights Movement.
"Jimmie Lee Jackson was a young, unarmed civil rights protestor who was shot by an Alabama State Trooper in Jackson’s death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important event in the American Civil Rights movement." "Never Forget.
Jimmie Lee Jackson >>> 42 years later, the trooper who shot him was indicted. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 months in jail.
Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.
These people were murdered during the Selma voting rights campaign of 1965. Jimmie Lee Jackson, Viola Liuzzo, James Reeb and Jonathan Daniels represent the dozens of documented cases of American citizens who were attacked and killed for seeking to vote or helping others to vote. This is serious. Take the time today to exercise your right. It was not given freely. It was hard fought and deserves respect. #vote via Ava DuVernay's instgram @ directher
SELMA BLOODY SELMA - A state trooper opened fire on Jimmie Lee Jackson, 26 — striking him in the midsection.
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Jimmie Lee Jackson was a deacon of the St. James Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama, ordained in the summer of 1964. He was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death lead to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual...
Jimmie Lee Jackson: The Death That Gave Life to Voting Rights