Civil Rights

Frederick D. Reese

Frederick D. Reese was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement in the United States. Born on December 28, 1929, in Decatur, Alabama, Reese dedicated his life to fighting for equality and justice for African Americans. His contributions to the civil rights movement were instrumental in bringing about significant social and political change in the country. Reese’s involvement in the civil rights movement began in the 1950s when he became a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He quickly rose through the ranks of the organization, becoming the president of the local chapter in his hometown of Selma, Alabama. In this role, Reese worked tirelessly to advocate for desegregation and voting rights for African Americans in the deeply segregated South. One of Reese’s most significant contributions to the civil rights movement came in 1965 when he played a crucial role in organizing the Selma to Montgomery marches. These marches were a series of peaceful protests that aimed to draw attention to the disenfranchisement of African-American voters in the South. The first march, which became known as “Bloody Sunday,” was met with violent opposition from law enforcement, but Reese and other activists persevered, ultimately leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Reese’s commitment to nonviolent protest and his unwavering dedication to the cause of civil rights made him a respected and influential leader in the movement. His efforts not only helped to secure voting rights for African Americans but also inspired countless others to join the fight for equality. In addition to his activism, Reese was also a prominent figure in his community, serving as a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Selma. As a religious leader, he used his platform to promote social justice and equality, delivering powerful sermons that resonated with his congregation and beyond.

Throughout his life, Reese remained committed to advocating for civil rights and social change. His legacy continues to inspire future generations of activists and serves as a reminder of the power of perseverance and dedication in the face of adversity. Frederick D. Reese passed away on April 5, 2018, but his impact on the civil rights movement and his legacy of activism live on. He will always be remembered as a fearless advocate for justice and equality, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the history of the United States.

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