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R.I.P. -- Annie Lee Cooper

The Selma Times-Journal reports: Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights hero, died Wednesday afternoon at Vaughan Regional Medical Center. She was 100 years old.

Cooper became known worldwide in 1965 for a confrontation with Sheriff James G. Clark.

Historian David J. Garrow tells the story in his book, "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965," which was released in the 1970s by Yale University Press.

According to Garrow's documented version, Cooper had stood in line for hours outside the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote. Clark ordered the 224-pound, 54-year-old African-American woman to go home. Cooper clamed he poked her in the back of the neck with either a billy club or a cattle prod. Cooper turned and delivered a right hook to the sheriff's jaw. He dropped to the ground. -- Read the whole story --> Annie Lee Cooper, civil rights legend, dies | The Selma Times?Journal

Read about Ms. Cooper in Garrow's book, pages 45-47.

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