The call to boycott the bus system was problematic for many Black workers in Montgomery, because they depended on bus transportation to get to and from their jobs. (Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh). Rev. Robert Graetz, left, listens in as civil rights activist Johnnie Carr talks with a reporter Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, as they ride the historic Cleveland Avenue bus in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Robert and Jeannie Greatz, background, look on as the cast and crew film a scene of the Selma movie in front of the state capitol building in downtown Montgomery, Ala. on Friday June 27, 2014. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. People know about Martin Luther King Jr. — and they should.

To see more, visit Ralph D. Abernathy, left, Rev. He started as a student pastor at Community Lutheran Church in Los Angeles in 1952. Iowa was the only state to automatically restrict voting rights to anyone with a felony conviction. Graetz had spent barely six months as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in 1955 when Black leaders in the city organized the boycott following Parks' arrest on Dec. 1. In his later years, the pastor fought Parkinson’s Disease, which affected his speech but didn’t keep him from his mission to preserve history.

Robert and Jeannie Graetz are welcomed to the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum's 17th Annual Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Montgomery, Ala.. (Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman), Jeannie and Robert Graetz, at left, were some of those invited to observe Second Night Seder at Temple Beth Or in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
Graetz also wrote semi-regular columns for The Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Nixon Elementary School with a literacy program named in her honor at the school in Montgomery, Ala. on Monday May 13, 2013. Robert Graetz was a Lutheran minister and civil rights activist who was among the residents of Montgomery, Alabama who organized a historic bus boycott. “Some time ago I read that the first requisite of a successful missionary was that he become color blind,” Graetz told the Advertiser in 1956, near the start of the Bus Boycott. Robert Graetz with the Rev. Robert Graetz, left, and his wife, Jean, in front of the Dunn-Oliver Acadome at Alabama State University during a Trayvon Martin rally on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Montgomery, Ala.. (Lloyd Gallman/Montgomery Advertiser), MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER, Lloyd Gallman / Advertiser, Rev. The Reverend Robert Graetz (right) was a civil rights pioneer.
The sheriff ordered him to follow him to the county jail, where Graetz was placed in a deputy sheriff’s office. Reverend Robert Graetz and his wife Jeannie speak after receiving the Billy Jack Gaither Award during the Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala. on Sunday February 20, 2011. Director Ava DuVernay, left, talks with Rev. Bob Graetz talks about his wife, Jean Graetz, retuning to college after nearly 60 years on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. He and his wife, Jeannie, faced harassment, threats and bombings as a result. Mayor W.A. “I figured that the same was true of my work here. (Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman), Winnie Madela, left, greets Rev. From left, Jean Graetz and Rev. The event is one of the school's diversity week programs. a Lutheran minister who was the only white Montgomery Improvement Association board member, speaks at a mass meeting during the bus boycott. (Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh), Robert Graetz, left, talks and Denise Bedollo translates his message as he speaks in front of the Alabama State Capitol to protest against Alabama House Bill 56 on Sunday evening, Aug. 28, 2011, in Montgomery, Ala.. (Montgomery Advertiser, Lloyd Gallman), ?There is a need for people to get more excited about what the possibilities are and what desperately needs to be done,?

And now, we’re going to reverse that by centering black manhood. MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Rev. (Montgomery Advertiser, David Bundy). Graetz was the only white clergyman to support the boycott, and like other participants in the boycott, the reverend and his family persisted in the face of harassment, terrorism, and death threats that extended to their preschool children.