Archive for February 24th, 2015

James Bonard Fowler and Jimmie Lee Jackson: On a 60-year-old shooting death in Alabama

February 24, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Feb. 24, 2015

Earlier this month, I wrote in praise of Selma, director Ava DuVernay’s retelling of the civil rights struggle in that Alabama town.

During the movie, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson is senselessly shot and killed by a state trooper after a night protest. As noted in my review, this was based on an actual event, which was described at length in this 2005 feature article in The Anniston Star.

I linked to the story, which was written by John Fleming, in my first post about Selma. Still, I wanted to call attention to the piece on its own, because it tells an extraordinary tale.

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