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Frederick D. Reese
Transcript of Frederick D. Reese
Frederick D. Reese was born on November 28, 1929 in Dallas County Alabama.
He graduated from two Universities
Alabama State University
He also attended
University of Alabama
He was a principal in Selma.
He was president of the Dallas County Voters League in the 1960's.
He was also apart of the Selma Teachers Association.
March 21,1965 was the day more than 6,000 activists marched from Selma to Montgomery.
They marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
To honor his civil rights work in 2000 there was a 3 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 80 named after him.
This stretch is called Frederick D. Reese Parkway.
Frederick D. Reese sent the official letter that got Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Selma.
As they approached the bridge there were police cars blocking the road.They had Night Sticks and had on gas masks.
"I tell young people," he said, "that they cannot rest on our victories. We have to remain committed. That means registering to vote and participating in what this country has to offer. That means making a difference to others."
~Frederick D. Reese
Frederick D. Reese is married to Janet Nee Lynd
He is still living today at the age of 85 and is a Baptist Minister.
This march prompt President
Lyndon B. Johnson to ratify
the Voting Rights Act on
About 200 people died and about 800 were wounded on Bloody Sunday.
Frederick D. Reese was a city
council member for 12 years.
He is still being recognized for his work during the movement.
He got Walmart to hire African Americans as store managers not just cashiers.
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/01/selma senior citizens now re living that history.html
Black History Month 2014: The Native Sons and Daughters of Alabama Honoring Reverend Frederick D. Reese During Black History Month 2014 February 27, 2014