Rise and Shine

Jimmie Lee and James: Two Lives, Two Deaths, & the Movement that Changed America

Authors Steve Fiffer and Adar Cohen discuss their book that tells the story of the struggle for voting rights and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches by focusing on two martyrs, Jimmie Lee Jackson and Rev. James Reeb. Jackson was a 26-year-old African American pulpwood chopper and church deacon who was shot to death by an Alabama state trooper in February 1965 after a peaceful protest. Reeb was a 38-year-old white Unitarian minister turned community organizer who was beaten to death by white vigilantes in Selma in March 1965.