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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Page 5 S i m p l e TIMES by Girard A. Plante Rev. James Reeb could have stayed in his humble home with his wife and four children in Dorchester. He could have lived quietly while ministering to his congre- gates at the Unitarian Uni- versalist Church in Boston. Instead, Rev. Reeb heeded the call to quell the heat of oppression in Selma, Ala- bama, in the spring of 1965. He joined hundreds of clergy of all faiths from across America after the awful event witnessed marchers set upon by Selma policemen swinging wood clubs at men and women, trampling others from atop horses as they peaceably crossed the Ed- mund Pettus Bridge on their journey to Montgomery. The cause was to secure voting rights of black Southerners. And the enemy Rev. Reeb and the marchers knew lay in wait were evil racists hell-bent on prevent- ing a fundamental American right. Not in their Jim Crow south would they allow freedom of speech to flourish and the Constitutional right to assemble to protest injustice. That singular March 7 th event of the Civil Rights era became known as "Bloody Sunday." The violence of the morning appeared on TV. Americans and citizens around the world grew en- raged. And the stirrings of discontent en masse were cemented on that dark day. Rev. Reeb no longer held back for the other shoe to drop in peaceful Boston. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., urged clergy of all denominations to go to Montgomery to respond to the ugliness of Bloody Sun- day and join their black brothers and sisters in Playing school vacation week! Use and SAVE $5 on Tickets! Use offer code: RIDE Excludes Opening Night performance, Front Row, VIP Floor and VlP seats. No double discounts. Valid only on weekday performances. FEB. 15- 24 i00GARDEN Buy tickets at, ticketmaster" Retail Locations, TD Garden Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000. Regular Ticket Pdces: S20 * $25 $35 VlP $55 VIP Floor $90 Front Row 4Jond fees my app sounding the call for their right to vote. Rev. Reeb quickly assembled close clergy friends and a large contingent of Boston's Uni- tarian Universalist Associa- tion to trek to Alabama. Rev. Reeb's social activism began as a minister in 1959 in a blighted black neighbor- hood in Washington, D.C. A few years later, he answered another call to aid under- privileged blacks in Dor- chester, which drew derision from his colleagues. But Rev. Reeb pushed north to New England with his family. He brought public awareness to unsafe and substandard housing for low-income citi- zens, which resulted in the construction of public hous- ing befitting human beings. By March 1965, the de- vout Christian from Kansas was poised to enter the national spotlight of the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Reeb's experiences from Boston's Quaker-run Ameri- can Friends Service Com- mittee, along with years of ministering to poor blacks in Philadelphia and Washing- ton, D.C., proved immensely helpful as he stood strong with over 400 clergy and black Americans in the cause for change. Rev. Reeb eagerly greeted clergy from around the na- tion and met Selma's black marchers. Two days after Bloody Sunday, the hundreds of marchers returned to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to demonstrate and held prayer later in the day. They de- cided to rest and resume action the next day. Boston Unitarian Univer- salist clergy friends Clark Olsen and Orloff Miller, who joined Rev. Reeb on their sojourn to Alabama, walked to a restaurant for dinner. As they finished eating and headed back to meet their fellow marchers, a gang of white men beat them with clubs. Rev. Reeb's severe head injuries required im- mediate medical attention. Several blacks and clergy carried Rev. Reeb to Burwell Infirmary, Selma's all-black medical clinic. The town's all-white hospital was no option because health offi- cials refused to treat out- siders supporting Selma's blacks. Treating Rev. Reeb's brain injury grew urgent, but Burwell was ill:equipped. Black doctors advised he be brought to the hospital at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But the 100 mile trip got bogged down by a fiat tire and indifferent law officials. The attack on Rev. Reeb quickly garnered media at- tention around America. The next morning, nearly a thousand supporters of Rev. Reeb protested Selma's pathetic police presence outside Boston's federal building. President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke to Rev. Reeb's wife and provided planes for her and Rev. (Continued on ,Pige,,1,4) Saturday Morning Religious Program AT SAINT JOSEPH SOCIETY This Saturday, February 16th, the Saint Joseph Society will be presenting a discussion about Lent led by Father Mike. Everyone is welcome to attend the program which begins at 10:30 am at Saint Joseph Society at 467 Hanover Street in the North End. For more informa- tion, you can call the Society at 617-720-1368. 2013 NEAA BASEBALL Registration Begins The North End Athletic Association's baseball programs will be bigger and better than ever. They are eager to start practices and are planning a great season for all their programs. Baseball registration has begun for all the programs. Parents can register online at The NEAA will offer programs for ages 4 to 21 for boys and girls. Clinics will be on Saturdays for 4 year olds, T-Ball will be on Sunday mornings for 5 year olds, Minor Leagues will be played on the Puopolo Park field for 6 to 8 year olds during the week and Majors for 9 to 12 year olds will be played throughout the week in Langone Park. The schedule of games and practices will be available soOn and posted on the NEAA website. Baseball for ages 13 to 21 will be with the Dodgers pro- gram. They will be playing in the Lou Tompkins League and in the RBI League. More details on the age breakdowns and teams will be coming soon. Age cutoff for all programs is April 30, 2013. All checks should be made out to NEAA and can be dropped off in the NEAA mailbox in the Nazzaro Center or mailed to: NEAA, c/o John Romano, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113. No child will ever be denied the opportunity to play due to financial reasons; call John Romano at (617) 880-9901 or jromano45, with any questions. This year they will be starting early with practices, weather depending and will have specialized practices by age groups for the Majors' program. They are also adding scheduled practices and more games for the Minor League program. These changes have been added based on feed- back from coaches, directors and parents as a way to make the already fantastic programs even better for all children. 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