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Woman influential in Albany movement dies

May 24, 2007

Atlanta-  A south Georgia woman, instrumental in the civil rights movement, has died.

Seventy four year old Marion King Jackson died Wednesday while in heart surgery.

Footage of her speaking from her hospital bed after being kicked by a sheriff's deputy during a civil rights confrontation sparked unrest. While delivering food to demonstrators in the Mitchell County jail she was pushed to the ground and kicked. She was six months pregnant and miscarried. Thursday, civil rights leader Charles Sherrod remembered her good nature.

"Despite the evil actions that were taken against her and her unborn child, the violence that occurred in Camilla, she still expressed nothing but love," said Sherrod.

Marion King Jackson was the widow of Slater King and she was the sister in law of C.B. King. Her graveside service will be held near Atlanta Friday.

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