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Selma pastor, voting rights march organizer displeased with Supreme Court's ruling

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Rev. Reese (above) points to a framed photo of himself (below) during the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Rev. Reese (above) points to a framed photo of himself (below) during the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

The photo doesn't show a man on the sideline. It shows a man on the frontline, walking the trail to equality standing next to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

The photo sits directly across from the desk of Rev. F.D. Reese, pastor of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Selma.  

Rev. F.D. Reese led the Dallas County Voters League, an effort to give more blacks the right to vote.

"Out of all the persons that were in Dallas County that were black some 15,000, less than 300 were registered," Rev. Reese said.

So Reese and others planned a march from Selma to Montgomery to bring their case directly to Governor George Wallace.  Their first attempt became known as "Bloody Sunday."

"The State Troopers moved in on us with their billy clubs and literally went down the line of marchers, toppling us over, as if you topple bowling pins in a bowling alley. They whipped you and got their billy club and began to beat heads. I saw blood flowing."

Nine days later, after promises of protection, the marchers made it to Montgomery.

"And I sat on that platform that day, and I looked over that sea of humanity, a feeling of great triumph and victory."

The feeling was matched two months later when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

Reese said he was anguished by the Supreme Court's ruling, but said the fight is not over.

"If we just dismantle and say that we have arrived and there are no expectations for any more denials, I think we're fooling ourselves."

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