Annie Lee Cooper

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Annie Lee Cooper
Born 1910 (1910)
Died 2010 (2011) (aged 100)
Nationality African-American
Occupation Civil rights activist
Known for Selma Voting Rights Movement

Annie Lee Cooper (1910-2010) was an African-American civil rights activist in the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement who is best known for throwing a punch to the jaw of Selma Sheriff Jim Clark and knocking him off his feet. This occurred when he had hit her in the back of the neck with either a billy club or a cattle prod after she had been standing in line for hours at the Dallas County Courthouse in an attempt to register to vote. She was arrested and beaten, then held for 11 hours before being allowed to leave. Some in the sheriff's office wanted to charge her with attempted murder.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2015 film Selma (film) Cooper will be played by Oprah Winfrey[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annie Lee Cooper Death News". Selamtimesjournal. 24 Nov 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oprah Winfrey stars as Annie Lee Cooper". nydailynews. Retrieved 20 June 2014.