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James Reeb: Civil rights martyr

James Reeb

James Reeb marches in Selma

James Reeb marches in Selma

James Reeb was an AFSC worker who was active in the civil rights movement. In March of 1965, Reeb went to Selma to join the protests for African American voting rights. While in Selma, he was viciously beaten by white segregationists, and died from his injuries two days later. In Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s eulogy, he said “The world is aroused over the murder of James Reeb. For he symbolizes the forces of good will in our nation. … He was a witness to the truth that men of different races and classes might live, eat, and work together as brothers.”

Sustenance of a student movement

high school papers

pile of publications known as the high school papers

Like a subversive textbook, The High School Papers covered everything from student rights to safe sex to organizing for change.

Young people looking for social change have, throughout AFSC’s history, turned to the Service Committee for support.

AFSC 1946 Feature in Seventeen Magazine

A 1946 Thanksgiving feature for AFSC in Seventeen Magazine from our archives. To view the full three pages, download the PDF below.

Recipe for an Algerian meal

Laurama Pixton and her husband John lived in Morocco from 1960-61, where they worked with Algerian refugees. For AFSC's 1967 cookbook, "Meals from many lands," she shared this menu for an Algerian dinner for six people.

[Her recipe for Algerian bread has been reprinted in AFSC's 2013 cookbook, "Peaceful eats," which is now available to download for free.]

Cultural exchanges, covert meetings made space for peace between U.S. and U.S.S.R.

Laurama Page Pixton in 1970

Laurama, second from right, with Pitsunda seminar participants in 1970.

When we focus on building trust and friendship instead of walls and fortresses, peace and true security are possible. Memories of Laurama Page Pixton’s role in bringing together Americans and Soviets in the midst of the Cold War provide a model of what diplomacy could look like today.

Lifting the curtain of race

Before becoming the first African-American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States, Crystal Bird Fauset worked with AFSC to expose broad new audiences to the issues of race in America.

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