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Harvard Professors Fly to Selma To Join King in March for Votes

Divinity Students Will Also March


Five Harvard professors and nine graduate students flew to Alabama Monday night to march from Selma to Montgomery with the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Three of the professors are from the Divinity School. At a Faculty luncheon on Monday, they decided to join the "Ministers' March" in response to King's appeal to clergymen of all faiths. John L. Burkholder, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity, Herbert D. Long, Dean of Students, and max L. Stackhouse, lecturer on Ethics, arrived in Selma late Monday night.

The Social Action committee of the Divinity School Student Association sent five students with the professors on the 11 p.m. flight.

The fourth Faculty member now in Selma is H. Jack Geiger, assistant professor of Public Health and founder of the Medical Committee for Human Rights. Geiger went to Selma to treat demonstraters injured in Sunday's march and to be on hand in case of violence in yesterday's march.

Alvin C. Plantinga '54, visiting lecturer on Philosophy, is also in Selma.

Paul L. Nyhus, teaching fellow in General Education, joined the flight independently. His wife said yesterday that "he was motivated by the brutal films of Sunday's march and by the appeal of the National Council of Churches."

Mrs. Nyhus said that her husband called from the National Council of Churches' headquarters in Selma yesterday morning. He had been told that the phone was tapped, so he spoke German. He said that the group would return at 6 p.m. Wednesday as originally planned and then was cut off.

One of the Divinity students, Charies H. Reynolds, was ordained as a Methodist minister in the North Alabama Conference and is a native of that state. According to Richard Horsely, another Divinity student, Reynolds "probably has jeopardized his chances of ever returning there as a minister."

The Divinity School yesterday held service in Andover Chapel to pray "for peace and justice in Selma, Alahama, and for the members of the Harvard Divinity School who have gone to Alabama."

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