During the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965, a Caucasian Unitarian-Universalist minister from Boston named James Reeb was beaten by white segregationists for marching for civil rights. He passed away from his injuries two days later, and the men responsible escaped justice. After his death, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these kind words "James Reeb, symbolizes the forces of good will in our nation. He demonstrated the conscience of the nation. He was an attorney for the defense of the innocent in the court of world opinion. He was a witness to the truth that men of different races and classes might live, eat, and work together as brothers".