In Marion, Alabama, Jimmie Lee Jackson helped organize one of these nonviolent actions in his own town of Marian, Alabama. He was a deacon in his church, and most of the people participating in the protests were organized through churches. Following the entirely peaceful demonstration, Jackson was not only beaten but shot by a state trooper and died in the hospital.
“So in his death, James Reeb says something to each of us, black and white alike—says that we must substitute courage for caution, says to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered him, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy that produced the murder. His death says to us that we must work passionately, unrelentingly, to make the American dream a reality, so he did not die in vain.”
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