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  • ‘First martyr of the voting rights movement’: How a Black man’s death in 1965 changed American history

    USA Today - 05/21/2021

    Watching the uprising after Floyd’s death crystallized the parallels with the civil rights movement, said Margaret Burnham, a professor of law and Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Project director.

    “What Jimmie Lee Jackson’s death did was it galvanized and catapulted an already organized national community around civil rights to come out and say no more and push even harder for voting rights,” she said.

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