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Jimmie Lee Jackson

Civil Rights Activist Jimmie Lee Jackson

Profession: Civil Rights Activist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

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.

Born: December 16, 1938
Birthplace: Marion, Alabama, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: February 26, 1965 (aged 26)
Cause of Death: Shot to death

Events in the Life of Jimmie Lee Jackson

  • 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 protestors clash in Selma during "Bloody Sunday", protesters 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

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