Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson was born in Mobile, Alabama the only child of John W. and Juanita (Richardson) Sherrod. Her childhood years were spent in both Selma, AL and Washington DC where she completed Cordoza High School. Mrs. Jackson earned an undergraduate degree from ASU and obtained a master’s degree from Montavello University. In 1958, Richie Jean Sherrod married Dr. Sullivan Jackson, a dentist from Anderson, IN. The couple settled in Selma, AL and to this marriage was born a daughter, Jawana Virginia Jackson. In 1968 Mrs. Jackson began a 30 year teaching career with the Dallas County and Selma City School Systems. Richie Jean was a childhood friend of King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, who had grown up in the nearby town of Marion, and the King, Abernathy, and Jackson families were all very close.
The House That Supported A Movement
The Jackson Home, located at 1416 Lapsley Street in Selma, Alabama, became the official residence for social and human rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ambassador Andrew J. Young, Dr. Ralph Bunche and others in the planning of The Selma to Montgomery March. At the time of the March, the home was owned and occupied by Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan Jackson, a local dentist and educator and their 5 year old daughter Jawana. During the Selma Movement the Jackson’s risked their lives to support The Voting Rights Movement in America. The home is listed on The Alabama Historical Register and The National Register of Historic Places. Tours are conducted throughout the home which contains original artifacts related to The American Voting Rights Movement. The Jackson Foundation also offers symposiums and special events dedicated to social and human rights.
About Mrs. Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson
The mission of Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Foundation and Museum is to educate and promote the public on the American voting rights movement and the principles of freedom and democracy, which will benefit the greater society through tours of The Sullivan and Richie jean Sherrod Jackson historic home located in Selma, Alabama. It is our hope that multicultural audiences will share the history of the voting rights struggle in America, and will continue to contributions made by Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, as they relate to equality for all citizens.
Selma Civil Rights Movement
A small town in Alabama made history in 1965 as world leaders traveled to Selma to begin the historic Selma to Montgomery March. The march was planned to shed light on old Jim Crow laws that prevented African Americans and other minorities from voting in this country. In March of 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other notable civil rights figures led thousands of marchers from Selma to Montgomery Alabama to protest voting discrimination. The march resulted in President Lyndon B. Johnson decision to lobby Congress for and sign The 1965 Voting Right’s Act on August 26, 1965.
The Juanita Richardson Sherrod Solitude and Art Collection
The Jackson home also houses an art collection comprised of original oil paintings created by Juanita Richardson Sherrod, the mother of Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson. After a 40 year career as an educator in Selma Juanita Sherrod began her second career as an artist having never picked up a paint brush before the age of 70. For the next 25 years her paintings would win numerous awards in Selma and around the south. Mrs. Sherrod passed away at the age of 102 in 2008. Her daughter Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson displayed many of her mother’s painting in The Jackson home where they remain today for public view as part of The Jackson Museum.
The House By The Side Of The Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement
This book is a firsthand account of the behind-the-scenes activity of King and his lieutenants—a mixture of stress, tension, dedication, and the personal interaction at the movement’s heart—told by Richie Jean Jackson, who carefully created a safe haven for the civil rights leaders and dealt with the innumerable demands of living in the eye of events that would forever change America.