Civil Rights Heroine Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Dies


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom-- Family and friends are mourning the loss of a civil rights leader who opened her home to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to plan the Selma to Montgomery March.

Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson -- the woman who called the House by the Side of the Road -- home for decades has died.

Jackson's home on the 1400 block of Lapsley Street is where Martin Luther King, Junior and the leaders of the Selma Voting Rights Movement directed and guided the movement that changed the world.

Her life and legacy were honored and celebrated at a graveside service Wednesday morning in Selma.

Alston Fitts is one the dozens of people who attended the service. "She was a wonderful lady, a teacher, a mother, a loyal church member," said Fitts.

"She was a behind the scenes person," said Randy Williams. "She didn't have to be out front for the credit, but she did a lot of very important and valuable work for the civil rights movement."

Jackson died Sunday in Atlanta. She was 81.

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