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    Brown Bag Lunch Program - Jonathan Daniels: Episcopal Martyr of Lowndes County

    Presented by at Birmingham Public Library - Central Branch

    August 7, 2013


    Brown Bag Lunch Program - Jonathan Daniels: Episcopal Martyr of Lowndes County

    On August 20, 1965, Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Daniels was released from jail in the small Lowndes County, Alabama, town of Fort Deposit. Daniels and 29 other civil rights activists had spent a week behind bars for picketing white-owned businesses. Hoping to buy some cold drinks, Daniels and three other activists walked to a store, but the white store owner, Tom Coleman, appeared in the doorway and ordered them away at gunpoint. Moments later Coleman fired. Daniels pushed his companion, 17-year-old Ruby Sales to the ground, saving her life, and took the full blast from Coleman’s shot gun in his chest. Daniels died instantly, and Coleman fired again, wounding another activist. Coleman was acquitted of murder by an all-white jury, but Daniels’ death inspired many of his fellow Episcopalians to join the struggle for equal rights. Today, Jonathan Daniels is remembered as a martyr by the Episcopal Church and people of all faiths remember his sacrifice with a pilgrimage to Lowndes County each August.

    Weber will explore the life and legacy of Jonathan Daniels.

    Marianne Weber
    Marianne M. Weber is a freelance writer, social worker, and author of Truman Capote’s Southern Years (University of Alabama Press). She lectures on Capote’s and Harper Lee’s Monroeville, Alabama. She is a book reviewer for First Draft, the Montgomery Advertiser, and others. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a former board member of Alabama Writers’ Forum and Writing Today. Her deep interest in social justice led her to research and write about Alabama’s rich civil rights history.

    To learn more about Jonathan Daniels, check out historian Charles W. Eagles’ award-winning book Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama or visit the Encyclopedia of Alabama on-line at

    This program is part of BPL’s Brown Bag Lunch Program series. The programs are held on scheduled Wednesdays for the lunchtime crowd in the Arrington Auditorium at the Central Library and at selected branches. There is no charge and the library provides free beverages.

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