Sunday, January 18, 2015

Civil rights demonstrator Jonathan Daniels remembered

From Alabama-

Civil rights demonstrator Jonathan Daniels, a seminarian from New Hampshire who came south to help the poor, was remembered Thursday as someone compelled to make a difference in reducing poverty.

Daniels made his presence known immediately as he helped impoverished residents of a Selma housing project learn how to read, but his life was cut short by a shotgun blast at a small grocery store in Hayneville.

"He was a genuine Christian who did not hate the people he was fighting or those who were trying to kill him," Selma historian Alston Fitts said following a discussion about Daniels at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

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