When the then 16-year Jimmy Webb stood up to that police officer back in 1963, right after “Turnaround Tuesday” in Selma, AL, he stood as a great symbol of resistance from the “forces of segregation” that prevented rights to African Americans. That legacy of asking “…are you saying that if I have a quarter and I’m black and you have a quarter and you’re white then my quarter isn’t worth as much as your quarter?” is one that will live on forever.
We just got word from his son Waverly Kelly that Webb, aged 68, passed away from health problems last Wednesday, Feb 8th at a family member’s home in Washington. The funeral will be held in Selma this coming Monday.
It’s certainly a sad day for us at Unstripped Voice — Webb was the first person (and the first story) we had here on our platform. We spoke to him last October after the video we posted of his Selma encounter reached more than 1 million views on facebook (video credit to the famed 1987 “Eyes on the Prize” documentary).
In that brief conversation we spoke about his upbringing, how he ended up at Selma, the parts of the video we didn’t see and his advice to Black Lives Matter. It was to be one of the final interviews he ever did.
Here’s the link to the full interview. Rest In Peace to Pastor Jimmy Webb — you left a legacy for all of us.