Remembering James Reeb

His murder was national news in the civil rights era. Here’s what he means to me.

Bill Crandall
Counter Arts
Published in
5 min readMar 12, 2024

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The former Walker’s Cafe, where James Reeb had his last meal, in 2015. (Photo by Chris Walton, courtesy of Unitarian Universalist Association)

James Reeb was a white Unitarian minister who, in March of 1965, heeded Martin Luther King’s call for clergy nationwide to join him in Selma, Alabama. The night after turning on the TV news to watch the Bloody Sunday violence against civil rights marchers at Edmund Pettus Bridge, Reeb told…

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Bill Crandall
Counter Arts

Photographer and educator. Exploring how art and stories can take us forward. Carrying the fire.