Ex-Alabama Trooper Finally Sentenced for Killing Which Led to 1965 “Bloody Sunday”

Former state trooper, James Bonard Fowler, a 77 year old white man, has pleaded guilty to a charge in the 1965 shooting death of a black man at a civil rights protest.  The defendant entered a misdemeanor plea of second-degree manslaughter just two weeks before he was scheduled to go to trial on a murder charge for the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson. This ends the case of a long-unresolved killing from the civil rights era.  Jackson’s shooting set off a protest march at nearby Selma, Alabama, which became known as “Bloody Sunday” when troopers and deputies attacked marchers after they crossed over the Alabama River.  The violence led Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who preached at Jackson’s funeral, to lead a march that prompted passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Fowler was sentenced to six months in jail in Geneva County.  Read More

Since 1965, the government has worked to improve the civil rights of all citizens. The United States Department of Labor lists the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  Read More

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