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    Robert Graetz, Only White Pastor To Back Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dies At 92

    The Lutheran church did not have many ordained African American ministers in 1955, so when a call went out that year for a new Lutheran pastor to serve a majority Black congregation in Montgomery, Ala., it was answered by a white clergyman in Ohio, the Rev. Robert Graetz.

    Graetz and his wife, Jeannie, already had a record of church-based civil rights activism, and some Lutheran authorities worried that Graetz might become ensnarled in the developing racial unrest in Montgomery, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor.

    "He had to promise he would not start trouble," Jeannie Graetz recalled in a 2019 interview with NPR. "Well, he did not start the trouble. He just joined the trouble."

    Graetz died in Montgomery on Sunday at the age of 92.

    But in 2015, on the sixtieth anniversary of the bus boycott, Graetz was one of the speakers on a panel organized by NPR and member station WVAS. His message that day was that the struggle for racial justice in which he had participated was, at its base, a "spiritual" movement.

    "It was the people of God putting into practice their understanding of what God meant for their lives to be like," Graetz said. "In Montgomery, it was black Christians teaching white Christians how to be Christian."

    Graetz and his wife left Montgomery in 1958 and continued their social justice work in locations around the country. In 2007, they moved back to Montgomery. He is survived by his wife Jeannie and their seven children, along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
    David G
    Harbor Woodworks

    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

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    Default Re: RIP Robert Graetz

    Walking the walk, not just talk. Kudos.
    When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.

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    Default Re: RIP Robert Graetz

    One of my friends was married by him, on a boat.

    We're merely mammals. Let's misbehave! óCole Porter

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