other notable deaths

other notable deaths

June 08, 2007

JIM CLARK, 84 Confronted rights marchers

Former Dallas County (Ala.) Sheriff Jim Clark, whose violent confrontations with voting rights marchers in Selma in 1965 shocked the nation and gave momentum to the civil rights movement, died Monday at an Elba, Ala., nursing home after years of declining health due to a stroke and heart surgery, Hayes Funeral Home officials said.

Mr. Clark was voted out of office in 1966 in large measure because of opposition from newly registered black voters, but throughout his life he maintained he had done the right thing.

He and his deputies joined state troopers in attacking marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in March of that year, an event that became known as "Bloody Sunday." It prompted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to lead a voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery and got Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act, which opened polling places in the South to blacks and changed the political landscape.

Mr. Clark later sold mobile homes. In 1978, he spent nine months in federal prison for conspiring to import marijuana.

CHARLES WILLIAM MAYNES, 68 Magazine editor

Charles William Maynes, editor of Foreign Policy magazine for 18 years and a former State Department official, died Saturday at his home in Chevy Chase. His death was reported by Jeff Marn, a spokesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank that publishes the magazine.

From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Maynes was assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. He then became editor of Foreign Policy, an influential journal, and held the post until 1997.

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