Alabama NewsCenter — A Birmingham civil rights reformer, lost to history: Emory O. Jackson

| March 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

By: Michael Sznajderman

This story is part of a series of articles, “Bending Toward Justice,” focusing on the 60th anniversary of events that took place in Birmingham during 1963 that changed the face of the city, and the world, in the ongoing struggle for equality and human rights. The series name is a reference to a quote by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” The series will continue through 2023.

As editor of the Birmingham World newspaper, Emory O. Jackson was a reporter, an editor, a chronicler of Black life in Birmingham for more than 35 years.

He was among the vanguard of Black civil rights activists in Birmingham, fighting for the right to vote during some of the city’s ugliest days of Jim Crow in the 1940s and 1950s – before the term “civil rights” was even part of the lexicon.

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