Carlton Reese

Born: 1943  Westfield, AL

Died: July 9, 2002

Lived in Birmingham, AL

Gospel Songwriter, Arranger; Civil Rights Movement

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

Carlton ReeseCarlton Reese (born February 7, 1942 in Westfield, died July 9, 2002) was director, composer and organist.

Reese, who had already been organist and choir director for New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dolomite while a student at Westfield High School, took over as director of the combined choir for the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir shortly after graduating in 1960.
As the ACMHR's music director, Reese adapted many traditional hymns into freedom songs for the choir which performed at mass meetings, most intensively during the nightly meetings coinciding with the Birmingham Campaign of Spring 1963.
Reese went on to earn a degree at Miles College and taught in several area high schools.
Reese died after suffering in aneurysm in 2002. He was survived by his wife, Patricia. The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir is named in his honor.

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