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Black protester Jimmie Lee Jackson shot in Marion, Alabama
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Weeks of demonstration in Selma finally turn deadly, as black protester Jimmie Lee Jackson is shot. He will die from his wound on February 26. He died defending his mother, Viola, from white state troopers who were intent on beating her. In Marion, Alabama (outside of Selma), on February 18, 1965, the Jacksons protested for the right to vote. Viola was attacked for trying to push off troopers who were beating her father, 82-year-old Cager Lee. Jimmie Lee was beaten and shot when the authorities turned on Viola; Jimmie Lee died eight days later. Jackson, 26, had worked at a wood plant, had been the youngest deacon at his church, and had attempted unsuccessfully to vote five times. His shooting, though ignored by much of white America, increased tensions in Selma.
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