- NAME: Robert Graetz
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Pastor
- BIRTH DATE: May 16, 1928 (Age: 85)
- EDUCATION: Capital University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Clarksburg, West Virginia
- Full Name: Robert S. Graetz Jr.
- AKA: Robert Graetz
- AKA: Robert S. Graetz
- AKA: Robert Graetz Jr.
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Robert Graetz is a civil rights activist who ministered to an African-American congregation during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Montgomery Bus Boycott (3:51)
Reverend Robert Graetz was pastor of an all-black congregation at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and a prominent civil rights activist who played a major role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Reverend Robert Graetz, the white pastor of an all-black church in Montgomery, Alabama, became a target of racial hatred because of his civil rights activism, including the bombing of his house on two separate occasions.
For 382 days, almost the entire African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama, including leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, refused to ride on segregated buses, a turning point in the American civil rights movement.
At an early age, Rosa Parks faced injustice wherever she went and decided that by taking action she could change the world around her.
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He later served various church communities in Ohio and Washington, D.C. During the early 2000s, he and his wife also worked with the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture.
Graetz published a revamped version of his memoir in 2006, A White Preacher's Message on Race and Reconciliation, which includes the minister's thoughts on a number of contemporary human rights issues.
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