Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us
Annie Lee Cooper (1910 - 2010)
A native of Selma, Alabama, Annie Lee Cooper played a crucial part in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement. Described by John Lewis as “Upfront, pleasant and…absolutely fearless”, Ms. Cooper was on the front lines of that fight. It wasn’t until Oprah played her in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film, Selma, that people took notice of her activism. Although lauded for punching Alabama Sheriff Jim Clark in the face, she really deserves to be celebrated for fighting to restore and protect voting rights.
February 4, 2021
Source: O The Oprah Magazine, January 2021, SNCC Legacy Project (The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), The Selma Times-Journal