The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement
During the 1965 Selma voting rights campaign, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set up informal headquarters at the home of Dr. Sullivan Jackson; his wife, Richie Jean; and their young daughter, Jawana. Dr. Jackson was an African American dentist in Selma, whose profession gave him some protection from economic reprisals, and he was one of the movement’s prominent local supporter...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 4th 2011 by University Alabama Press
(first published March 2nd 2011)
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I'd say this is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the Selma, AL portion of the Civil Rights Movement. This book is an insider account, provided by the woman who (along with her husband) owned the house where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his team of "freedom fighters" met, planned, ate (A LOT!), slept, laughed, and more. This book pulls back the curtain and allows for a view that most would love to witness. This house played host to M.L. King, Ralph Abernathy, Ralph Bunche, Jesse Jack...more
Mrs. Jackson tells the story of when the bigwigs of the civil rights movement movement set up shop in her house. Her account of the endless changing of sheets, baking of biscuits, sky-high phone bills, and SCLC men sleeping in her bathtub captures the daily grind of the people who made the movement in Selma possible. Mrs. Jackson's memoir is the most complex and compellingly written memoir of the civil rights movement that I've read.
This book is very easy to read. It offers even more personal details about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The author's home was his headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement in Selma. What a unique perspective! I am also proud to say that I am narrating the audiobook version of this work.