More Credits & Thanks

JimmyLee is produced by the Drama Workshop class at Judson College. Most current cast members are from Francis Marion High School and Hatch High School. Some from those high schools have appeared in JimmyLee casts since its 2009 premiere. Three cast members are from Selma city schools.

Judson College Art Department students and faculty designed the set and created the artwork.

JimmyLee play taps pulse of the '60s

The many productions of the JimmyLee are captured in photos of performances, dress rehearsals and post-parties of the civil rights play. The drama had its world premiere in 2009 at Lincoln School in Marion, Ala. It is produced by the Drama Workshop class at Judson College in Marion. All performances are directed by Dr. Billie Jean Young of Judson, the playwright.

(CLICK HERE for a bio and more info on Billie Jean Young.)

​As soon as they got outside, all the city street lights went out and some black citizens and members of the press were beaten; others began running and falling. Mass chaos ensued.

Some fled into a cafe. Others ran in the streets, trying to get home. Someone told Jackson that police were bothering his mother and grandfather in the cafe. He ran inside to try to protect them and was shot at least six times – gravely wounded in his stomach. Jackson fought for his life for eight days in the hospital, but died  Feb. 26.

The play JimmyLee captures a few weeks in 1965 in Marion, Ala., surrounding the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old black man.

Written and directed by Billie Jean Young, the drama is told as a series of vignettes through the lens of students of historic Lincoln School in Marion.

In February 1965, people in Selma and nearby in Marion, Eutaw, and Greensboro were having major voting rights campaigns. A young black man, the Rev. James Orange was organizing

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​youth in three counties and visiting each county almost daily.

Then, local law enforcement officers began to arrest students and jail them, sometimes overnight. Orange was arrested – and word got out his life was in danger in the Marion jail.

So, hundreds of local people gathered at Zion A.M.E. Church on the night of Feb. 18, with Jackson and his family among them. To support Orange, they decided to peacefully march the one block from the church to the jail.