Fu­neral set for civil rights icon Fred­er­ick D. Reese in Mont­gomery

South Florida Times - - NATION -

MONT­GOMERY, Ala. - Fu­neral ser­vices to honor the life of civil rights icon Fred­er­ick D. Reese have been set for Thursday and Friday. Reese, who was known as F.D., was an early leader in the civil rights move­ment and in­vited Martin Luther King Jr. to work in Selma.

Reese died on April 5 at the age of 88. A view­ing and time of re­flec­tion are sched­uled for Thursday, and a cel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice for Friday. The fu­neral will be held at Ebenezer Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church in Selma, where Reese served as pas­tor for more than 50 years.

Reese led a group of ac­tivists called Selma's “Coura­geous Eight'' who pushed for African-Amer­i­can vot­ing rights. He later be­came one of the first African-Amer­i­can mem­bers of the Selma City Coun­cil.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF ALABAMA STATE

F.D. Reese

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