Leading Figure in the Civil Rights Movement Dies at 86

Courtesy of Taylor Media Services | 11/21/2009, 9:10 p.m.

One of the leading and most respected activists in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s James Armstrong has died in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 86 years old. Armstrong was a figure in the battle for voting rights for African Americans in the early to mid-1960s. He also helped organize sit-ins and filed lawsuits to help bring about public school integration.

Perhaps the most notable role for which the former barber is associated is the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The 1965 march became a key motivation to the Civil Rights Movement when marchers were viciously attacked by Alabama state troopers and other law enforcement agencies.