Jimmie Lee Jackson: The Murder that Sparked the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965

On February 26, 1965, Alabama civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson died after he was brutally beaten and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler during a peaceful voting rights march on February 18, 1965. His death would spark the Selma to Montgomery marches, organized by Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Director of Direct Action James Bevel, in an effort to channel community outrage.

912 Generation Project

During the month of February, the 912 Generation Project will promote, judge and manage an essay contest “What Does Freedom Mean to Me?” The contest is open to students nationwide, grades 6 - 12 and is presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with the 912 Foundation and the American Public Education Foundation.


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