By: Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.
The memorial service for the late Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Jr., noted Civil Rights Movement icon and acclaimed human rights advocate, has been announced by his family.
The memorial service will be held live virtually on Sunday (Sept. 27) at 2 p.m. (CST), which may be accessed at the following social media link: https://youtu.be/bg5qA-5AA0g
The memorial service for Rev. Graetz will be streaming live from Montgomery's historic First Baptist Brick-a-Day Church. The church was an important gathering place for activities related to the Civil Rights Movement, and became associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott's mass meetings and the Freedom Rides of May 1961.
Please note that it will be strictly enforced that only family members and memorial speakers may be present at the church service due to the family's desire that no one be exposed to COVID-19. After the pandemic has subsided, a public celebration of Rev. Graetz's life will be held, which will be open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either of the following non-profits: The Graetz Foundation,1558 Dunbar St., Montgomery, AL 36106 or The Alabama State University Foundation's fund for The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African-American Culture, which may be reached electronically at www.alasu.edu/giving or mailed to The Alabama State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1046, Montgomery, AL 36101.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, Graetz family spokesman, 334-451-5126.