Robert A. Reed was a longtime friend of James Reeb. During the spring of 1944,
Reed was a mechanic at the air base in Casper, Wyoming. Reed and Reeb met
while attending services at the First Presbyterian Church. Reed organized the
North Casper Boys Club and when he shipped out in January of 1945 with the
military, it was Reeb who took over the club for him. Reed and Reeb kept in con-
tact throughout the years via letter-writing. Reed entered Wheaton College after
his service. Both Reed and Reeb desired to enter the Presbyterian ministry after
completing their education. In 1959 Reed was ordained as a Unitarian minister at
the Unitarian Church of Arlington.
Reed’s sermon/eulogy depicts James J. Reeb as a martyr for the Negro cause.
He informs the audience of its obligation to understand the meaning of Reeb’s
life and death in order to grow as spiritual beings. Reed explains how Reeb was
not simply concerned with voting rights for African Americans, but also world
peace and justice for all. Reed is hopeful that Reeb’s death will be vindicated by the
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Publication information: Book title: Rhetoric, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965. Contributors: Davis W. Houck - Editor, David E. Dixon - Editor. Publisher: Baylor University Press. Place of publication: Waco, TX. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 873.
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