A White Preacher's Message on Race and Reconciliation

Based on His Experiences Beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Robert S. Graetz

Foreword by John Lewis

Title Details

Pages: 280

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

Formats

Hardcover

Pub Date: 07/01/2006

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8190-3

List Price: $26.95

A White Preacher's Message on Race and Reconciliation

Based on His Experiences Beginning with the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Robert S. Graetz

Foreword by John Lewis

Skip to

  • Description
  • Reviews
In 1955, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, author Bob Graetz was the young white pastor of a black Lutheran Church in Montgomery. His church and his home were in the black community and he and his wife among the few whites who supported the boycott. Their church and home were both bombed; their lives were threatened often. But Graetz never wavered, and his Montgomery experiences, recounted in rich detail here, shaped a long ministerial career that always emphasized equality and justice issues no matter where his call took him. In addition to Graetz’s boycott memoirs, this book includes provocative chapters on white privilege, black forgiveness, and the present-day challenges for human and civil rights.
Graetz is an extraordinary advocate for human rights for everyone, including LGBT people, whom he sees as part of the beloved community. This book recounts Graetz’s experience as a Lutheran pastor during the Montgomery, Ala., boycotts and how it shaped a long ministerial career emphasizing equality and justice issues. In addition to Graetz’s boycott memoirs, this book discusses white privilege, black forgiveness, and the challenges for LGBT people.

—Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Newsletter

About the Author/Editor

ROBERT S. GRAETZ, JR. served Lutheran churches in four states, always with a ministry dedicated to what his friend Martin Luther King, Jr., termed the “beloved community.” Now retired, he remains active with numerous progressive organizations and in civil rights causes. With his wife, Jeannie Ellis Graetz, he leads study tours of Deep South civil rights sites for U.S. and international students and visitors. The Graetzes live permanently near McArthur, Ohio, but, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, they accepted a 2005-07 appointment as ambassadors-in-residence for the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama.