Worth a thousand words: Dr. King's priests

Catholic priests often stood side-by-side with the Civil Rights leader: below, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh (second from left) with Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can read more about Catholics and the Civil Rights movement here.


  1. “I would desire that you remember the ladies” – the nuns who participated in the marches. According to Father Edward Dugan, a New York priest, who participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965: “the nuns provided a leveling influence for both the state troopers and the marchers and their presence materially helped to prevent any violence.”

    An Alabama state congressman at that time, William Dickenson, insisted on entering into the Alabama House record allegations of immorality by demonstrators, priests, nuns and ministers despite the fact that he did not believe the allegations.

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