James Reeb's civil rights struggle in Alabama
Photograph by Orloff Miller from the Unitarian Universalist Association
The assault took 30 seconds: Reeb (far left, in glasses) traveled from Boston to march in Selma on March 9, 1965. That night, after Reeb and three other ministers were leaving Walker's Cafe, a group of white men attacked them. One of them smashed Reeb's head with a club above his left ear, fracturing his skull. He died two days later.