The Rev. James Reeb, a former minister at All Souls Church Unitarian, died in the days before the third march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Fifty years later, the church reflects on how he affected the fight for civil rights and how they plan to continue the mission. (Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

The Rev. Jim Reeb traveled to Selma in 1965, answering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for clergy to join a march for civil rights. He was brutally attacked by a group of white men in Selma, Ala., shortly after the second march known as “Turnaround Tuesday.” He fell into a coma, and died two days later as a result of his injuries.

At the All Souls Church Unitarian in Northwest Washington, D.C., the Rev. Rob Hardies spoke warmly about of a man who died 50 years ago — a man whose legacy is still closely tied to this church. He was  was a minister at the Unitarian Universalist church from 1959 until 1964.

“But did Jim Reeb’s life for justice begin with his death?” Hardies asked. “Jim started marching long before Selma.”

Watch how the church honored their fallen pastor at their March 1 service.

Explore the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches as told by Washington Post front pages