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.
Characters in my novel, Holding True, celebrate this event. In James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement.
In honor of the brilliant inventors in our history. George Washington Carver and Henry Ford were close friends. Ford had an elevator installed in Carver’s dormitory at Tuskegee so Carver could get to his laboratory more easily in his later years.