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.