Saturday, August 15, 2015

People flock from across U.S. to honor Jonathan Daniels

From Alabama-

Religious leaders and civil rights activists from across America begin arriving in Alabama today to remember an Episcopal seminary student who sacrificed his life to save a teenage girl 50 years ago.

Jonathan Daniels was one of several activists who took part in voting rights protests in 1965 during a violent year that claimed several lives.

Daniels, 26, died instantly when struck in the chest at point blank range by a shotgun blast as he stood outside a small convenience store on Aug. 20, 1965, shielding Ruby Sales who was not struck.

The two protesters had been ordered away from the “Cash Store” by Tom Coleman, a special deputy sheriff, shortly after their release from the Lowndes County Jail where they were incarcerated for a week.

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