Civil rights activist in Washington D.C. who participated in and died during the anti-segregation march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
In 1959 he became an assistant minister at the All Souls Church in a poor black neighborhood. He felt he could make the most positive impact by encouraging members of that community to participate in social action.
He was violently beaten during a peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery by white segregationists and died two days later from severe damage to his cerebral tissue.
He married his lover Marie Reeb, with whom he had four children.
He participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for social justice.