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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.
This book examines the killing of civil rights activists Jimmie Lee Jackson and Rev. James Reeb and how they inspired the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The authors provide the reader a deeper understanding of the events that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. Cohen and Fiffer detail how the killers of these two men finally were brought to justice after forty years.
The authors did meticulous research for this book. They traveled to Alabama to interview the individual’s involved and conducted interviews with the witnesses to the two murders. They also reviewed State and FBI records and documents as well as private papers, diaries, memoirs, oral histories and newspaper and magazine articles.
Adar Cohen is an educator and researcher at DePaul University in Chicago and Steve Fiffer is an author.
The book is a well written page turner, about the struggles for equality and justice. I thought this might be a good review of the fight for Voting Rights after watching the Supreme Court begin to reverse the Voting Rights Act. After reading this book I want to watch the movie Selma. Tom Perkins narrated this book.
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