- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - A civil rights activist who worked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma is retiring from the ministry.

The Selma Times-Journal (https://bit.ly/1m7xc8m ) reports the Rev. F.D. Reese will step down Sunday after preaching at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, where he’s been pastor since 1965.

Reese led a group that invited King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to come to Selma to advocate for ballot access for blacks in the mid-60s.

He later participated in the voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday” for police violence. After that, he joined with King in the Selma-to-Montgomery march.

The 86-year-old Reese was portrayed by actor E. Roger Mitchell in the 2014 movie “Selma.”


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