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The Road from Selma Was Paved with the Blood of Four Unsung Martyrs

posted on March 6, 2015

Religion News Service’s Adelle M. Banks recounts the stories of four religious activists who died in the lead-up and aftermath of the march from Selma, which marks its 50th anniversary this week. “The four marytrs — a Baptist deacon, a minister, a Unitarian laywoman and an Episcopal seminarian — are largely unknown, but they’re being remembered for sacrificing their lives for the rights of others,” Banks writes. “The names of all four are etched in the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., along with 36 others — starting with Mississippi minister George Lee, who died in 1955, and ending with King, who was assassinated in 1968.”

Read at Religion News Service