James Holbert

James Hobart is a Unitarian minister whose father, Rev. Alfred Hobart, was the first minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham and a leader in promoting racial justice in the city in the 1950s and early 1960s. Under Rev. Alfred Hobart’s leadership, the church was, from it beginning, open to people of all races, despite Alabama’s laws prohibiting interracial meetings. He and many other members of the congregation were constantly harassed and threatened by racist groups, and the church received so many bomb threats that the church secretary famously told one caller, “You’ll have to take a number and wait in line; there are already several people ahead of you.”