Interview with Reverend Dana Greeley
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT I'M GETTING AT IS THAT I KNOW MANY MINISTERS WHO WERE ASKED BUT NOT ALL RESPONDED AND DECIDED TO GO. WHAT WOULD PROMPT THIS YOUNG MAN TO DECIDE THAT HE HAD TO GO?

Rev. Dana Greeley:

Well, I, I think that uh, there were, uh, a large number of ministers at that time who felt a real concern and Jim Reeb was among those who would naturally respond to that kind of a, of a request. We certainly prompted them or prodded them, we didn't have to in most cases, they had a social conscience, they were interested in the uh Civil Rights Movement and committed to it and he among others responded very promptly. He'd been working in Roxbury in Boston uh, which was illustrative of his, uh, his concern I think for better race relations for the Civil Rights Movement. He was uh, working for a while with uh Duncan Howlett at All-Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC. And uh, his whole life, even at that early point had been dedicated to the kind of, of concern that the Civil Rights Movement represented.