Annie Lee Cooper
|Annie Lee Cooper|
June 2, 1910|
|Died||November 24, 2010
|Occupation||Civil rights activist|
|Known for||Selma Voting Rights Movement|
In 1962, Cooper returned to her hometown to participate in the civil rights movement. In January 1965, she stood in line for hours outside the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote until Sheriff Jim Clark ordered her to vacate the premises. Clark prodded Cooper in the neck with a billy club until Cooper turned around and knocked the sheriff in the jaw. Deputies then wrestled Cooper down as Clark continued to beat her repeatedly with his club. Cooper was charged with "criminal provocation" and was escorted to the county jail, and then held for 11 hours before being allowed to leave. Some in the sheriff's department wanted to charge her with attempted murder. Following this incident, Cooper became a registered voter in her home state.
On June 2, 2010, Annie Lee Cooper became a centenarian. Reflecting on her longevity, she stated, "My mother lived to be 106, so maybe I can live that long, too." On November 24, 2010, Cooper died at the Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma, Alabama.
In popular culture
- "Woman known for run-in with sheriff turns 100 today". Montgomery Advertiser (Gannett Company). June 2, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- Bernstein, Adam (June 7, 2007). "Ala. Sheriff James Clark; Embodied Violent Bigotry". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- "Annie Lee Cooper, civil rights legend, dies". Selma Times-Journal. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- Rivera, Zayda (20 June 2014). "Oprah Winfrey to play Annie Lee Cooper in civil rights drama 'Selma'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
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