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JimmyLee play draws record crowds on 50th
JimmyLee performances were part of "Jubilee" in Selma, Ala., to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in 2015 as well as the 1965 death of civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson of Marion.
The play opened Jubilee in Selma to a sold-out, standing room only audience March 5. Large crowds also lined up for its three performances March 5 through 7 at Judson College in Marion, Ala.
JimmyLee opened with a morning matinee March 5, which drew busloads of children from a record eight schools throughout the region to Judson.
Audiences came from across the United States, including more than 120 theatergoers from Atlanta.
JimmyLee's playwright and director Billie Jean Young, who is a faculty member and artist-in-residence at Judson, extended congratulations to the cast and crew. Cast members in this 11th production of JimmyLee included Alabama area high school students, college students from Alabama and Georgia, and adults from Alabama and Georgia.
JimmyLee, a play by Billie Jean Young, is based on events leading to the death of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson in 1965 in Marion, Ala. During a civil rights protest in Marion, he was shot by an Alabama State Trooper while trying to protect his mother and elderly grandfather as they fled attacking troopers. Jimmie Lee's death ultimately led to the seminal Selma March and 'Bloody Sunday," which is commemorated annually in Selma, Ala. The play JimmyLee also commemorates Marion's history in the movement.