Jimmie Lee and James

  • by Adar Cohen, Steve Fiffer
  • Narrated by Tom Perkins
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Bloody Sunday" - March 7, 1965 - was a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. The national outrage generated by scenes of Alabama state troopers attacking peaceful demonstrators fueled the drive toward the passage of the Voting Rights Acts later that year. But why were hundreds of activists marching from Selma to Montgomery that afternoon?
Days earlier, during the crackdown on another protest in nearby Marion, a state trooper, claiming self-defense, shot Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old unarmed deacon and civil rights protester. Jackson's subsequent death spurred local civil rights leaders to make the march to Montgomery; when that day also ended in violence, the call went out to activists across the nation to join in the next attempt. One of the many who came down was a minister from Boston named James Reeb. Shortly after his arrival, he was attacked in the street by racist vigilantes, eventually dying of his injuries. Lyndon Johnson evoked Reeb's memory when he brought his voting rights legislation to Congress, and the national outcry over the brutal killings ensured its passage.
Most histories of the civil rights movement note these two deaths briefly before moving on to the more famous moments. This book gives listeners a deeper understanding of the events that galvanized an already-strong civil rights movement to one of its greatest successes, along with the herculean efforts to bring the killers of these two men to justice - a quest that would last more than four decades.

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What the Critics Say

"This is a must-read for all who care about the fight for civil rights and the right to vote, then and now." (Julian Bond, NAACP chairman emeritus)

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I’ve just finished reading Jimmie Lee And James by Stephen Fiffer and Adar Cohen which is about the above which the film Selma is also about…it’s shocking to a think that a country that preaches democracy to the world is trying to undo the right to vote in its own country…and is barefaced enough to lie to itself about it. Great book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio