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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.

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Jimmie Lee Jackson (1938 - 1965) was a civil rights protestor who was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler in 1965. Jackson was unarmed and attempting to protect his mother from police brutality. His death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important event in the American Civil Rights movement. He was 26 years old. — in Selma, AL.

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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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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, while participating in a peaceful voting rights march in his city, he was beaten by troopers and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler. Jackson was unarmed and died eight days later in the hospital.

Jimmie Lee Jackson's funeral, Marion AL. The young Jackson was slain by the Klan, who incited him by beating his mother. Jackson was murdered while trying to defend her in February of 1965.

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

The funeral of Jimmie Lee Jackson, slain by the Klan while defending his mother from a beating. The Klan did this deliberately, to incite a reaction so they could kill Jackson.

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"SELMA, LORD, SELMA" | On February 18, 1965, a group of white segregationists attacked some peaceful marchers in the nearby town of Marion. Jimmie Lee Jackson, a young African American, was shot by an Alabama state trooper in the melee, while attempting to shield his mother and grandfather from the troopers' beating. After he died, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) planned a massive march from Selma to Montgomery.

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