Profession: Civil Rights Activist
Why Famous: Civil rights protester and church deacon who was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler in 1965 during a peaceful march for voting rights in his home town of Marion, Alabama.
His death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches a month later that ultimately led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- 1965-02-18 Church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson is beaten and shot during a peaceful march in Marion, Alabama. His death 8 days later inspires the Selma to Montgomery marches.
- 1965-03-07 Alabama state troopers and 600 black protesters clash in Selma during "Bloody Sunday", protesters, including future congressman John Lewis beaten and hospitalized
- 1965-03-21 Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
- 1965-08-06 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities