The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement

The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement

By: Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson (author)Hardback

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During the 1965 Selma voting rights campaign, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set up informal headquarters at the home of Dr. Sullivan Jackson; his wife, Richie Jean; and their young daughter, Jawana. Dr. Jackson was an African American dentist in Selma, whose profession gave him some protection from economic reprisals, and he was one of the movement's prominent local supporters. Richie Jean was a childhood friend of King's wife, Coretta Scott King, who had grown up in the nearby town of Marion, and the King, Abernathy, and Jackson families were all very close. In the dramatic and tension-filled months of 1965 that led up to the Voting rights March from Selma to Montgomery, King and other national leaders, including Ralph David Abernathy and John Lewis, held strategy sessions at the Jackson house and met with Assistant Attorney General John Doar to negotiate plans for the march. One of the most dramatic moments of that time occurred on Monday, March 15, when President Lyndon Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress. Huddled with his aides in Jackson's living room, King was watching the speech on television when the president issued his call for a national dedication to equal rights for all. When Johnson ended his speech with the words 'We shall overcome,' King's lieutenant C. T. Vivian looked across the Jackson living room and saw the mark of a tear on Dr. King's cheek. Nobody in the room had ever before seen King weep. They had seen him worried or fretful, sometimes depressed, and more often they had watched him lead with humor and courage, his emotions always carefully in check. But on this night, as they sensed that the voting-rights victory was near, and as the president of the United States seemed to be adopting their cause as his own, King finally let his feelings flow. This book is a firsthand account of the behind-the-scenes activity of King and his lieutenants - a mixture of stress, tension, dedication, and the personal interaction at the movement's heart - told by Richie Jean Jackson, who carefully created a safe haven for the civil rights leaders and dealt with the innumerable demands of living in the eye of events that would forever change America.

About Author

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson is a retired housewife still living in Selma, Alabama. Ms. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education at Alabama State College and a Masters of Education at the University of Montevallo.


Contents Preface 000 Acknowledgments 000 Introduction 1. The Blueprint of My Life and the House 000 2. Up on the Hill 000 3. Preparation for a Life's Journey 000 4. Choosing a Mate 000 5. The Foundation Is Laid 000 6. The Port in the Storm 000 7. Martin Luther King Jr. the Man 000 8. Storm Clouds Roll over Selma 000 9. Hosting a Movement 000 10. Dangerous Days 000 11. Uncle Martin 000 12. Shelter for the Spirit 000 13. Our Neighborhood 000 14. Guests in the House 000 15. Other Voices in the House 000 16. The Sanctuary 000 17. Vital Staff 000 18. Perilous Times 000 19. Women in the Movement 000 20. Other Support Systems 000 21. Nobel Prize Winners in the House 000 22. Soldiers in the Storm 000 23. Preparing for the March 000 24. Strategy 000 25. The Fires Burn 000 26. On Our Way 000 27. No Room in the Inn 000 28. Marching Orders 000 29. A Concert for the Masses 000 30. The Final Journey 000 31. Memories and Echoes of Martin 000 Appendix 1: Timeline for the Selma Voting Rights Campaign of 1965 000 Appendix 2: Cabbage Recipe

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780817316945
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780817316945
  • ISBN10: 0817316949

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