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Ralph Roy ’50

An ordained United Methodist minister who served parishes in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Connecticut and was active in the Civil Rights Movement, Ralph died Feb. 3, 2020

Ralph was jailed as a Freedom Rider in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1961. The following year, while working with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he led a “prayer pilgrimage” to Albany, Ga., resulting in the largest simultaneous incarceration of clergy in American history. He penned numerous articles, including a regular column for 20 years for the Record-Journal in central Connecticut, and his “minute messages” were aired on multiple radio stations.

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