Jimmie Lee Jackson was a young, unarmed civil rights protestor who was shot by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965. Jackson’s death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important 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 1965. Jackson’s death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important event in the American Civil Rights movement.

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 >>> 42 years later, the trooper who shot him was indicted. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 months in jail.

On This Day In TCXPI History  Jimmie Lee Jackson, an unarmed civil rights protestor was shot by police officers during a peaceful protest February 26, 1965.   Jimmie Lee Jackson was born December 16, 1938 in Marion, Alabama. He was a deacon in his church who had unsuccessfully tried to register to vote for four years.   On February 18, 1965, around 500 people attempted a peaceful walk to the Perry County Jail where a young civil rights worker was being held. They were met by Marion City…

On This Day In TCXPI History Jimmie Lee Jackson, an unarmed civil rights protestor was shot by police officers during a peaceful protest February 26, 1965. Jimmie Lee Jackson was born December 16, 1938 in Marion, Alabama. He was a deacon in his church who had unsuccessfully tried to register to vote for four years. On February 18, 1965, around 500 people attempted a peaceful walk to the Perry County Jail where a young civil rights worker was being held. They were met by Marion City…

In one harrowing scene in Selma, a young man flees a protest with his mother and grandfather, hiding from pursuing police in a café. When the police find the three, they beat the grandfather, and when the man steps in, the police shoot him. The man was Jimmie Lee Jackson, his grandfather was Cager Lee, and the woman was Viola Lee. The Alabama State Trooper who shot Jackson was James Bonard Fowler. What we don’t see in the movie is that Jackson held on for eight days before dying of an…

Who's Who in 'Selma': Pictures and Histories of 29 Real People Who Appear in the Movie

In one harrowing scene in Selma, a young man flees a protest with his mother and grandfather, hiding from pursuing police in a café. When the police find the three, they beat the grandfather, and when the man steps in, the police shoot him. The man was Jimmie Lee Jackson, his grandfather was Cager Lee, and the woman was Viola Lee. The Alabama State Trooper who shot Jackson was James Bonard Fowler. What we don’t see in the movie is that Jackson held on for eight days before dying of an…

A marcher holds a poster of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a civil rights activist who was beaten and shot by Alabama State troopers in 1965, during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that resulted in a violent confrontation with Selma police and State Troopers on the Edmund Pettus…

A marcher holds a poster of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a civil rights activist who was beaten and shot by Alabama State troopers in 1965, during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that resulted in a violent confrontation with Selma police and State Troopers on the Edmund Pettus…

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

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

Hugh Stewart, a veteran of “Bloody Sunday,” remembers Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion, Alabama. (Photo: Ari Berman)

Hugh Stewart, a veteran of “Bloody Sunday,” remembers Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion, Alabama. (Photo: Ari Berman)

Jimmie Lee Jackson was born Dec.16, 1938, in Marion, Ala. After fighting in the Vietnam War and spending time in Indiana, he returned to his hometown. There, he made about $6 a day as a laborer and woodcutter. He became a church deacon and fathered a daughter. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, he tried to vote for the first time. He made several attempts to register to vote, but never got past the many hurdles that had been set up to keep African Americans from casting ballots.

Jimmie Lee Jackson was born Dec.16, 1938, in Marion, Ala. After fighting in the Vietnam War and spending time in Indiana, he returned to his hometown. There, he made about $6 a day as a laborer and woodcutter. He became a church deacon and fathered a daughter. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, he tried to vote for the first time. He made several attempts to register to vote, but never got past the many hurdles that had been set up to keep African Americans from casting ballots.

1965  February 26, 1965 · Marion, Alabama 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.

1965 February 26, 1965 · Marion, Alabama 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.

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