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Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
March 21, 1926 Ralph David Abernathy born, Lindon, Alabama
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
January 11, 1957 Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth, Bayrd Rustin and others meet at Ebeneezer Church in Atlanta to form the group that will become the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King becomes its president and Abernathy becomes treasurer
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  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
  The Road to Integration
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
March 19, 1959 Ralph David Abernathy III is born in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the son of Ralph David Abernathy, Jr., vice-president of the SCLC.
  Ralph David Abernathy III
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
July 10, 1962 Rev. Martin Luther King and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy are convicted of charges stemming from his 1961 attempt to desegregate government buildings in Albany, Georgia. He is sentenced to a 45-day jail term.
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  Albany, Georgia
April 22, 1968 FBI memo orders an investigation into Ralph David Abernathy, who replaced Martin Luther King as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
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  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
April 17, 1990 Ralph David Abernathy dies, Atlanta, Georgia
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.


Ralph David Abernathy was a founder of the American civil rights movement.

Abernathy, along with Martin Luther King and other African-American ministers formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he held the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Abernathy, King and others organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in response to the incident involving Rosa Parks being forced to ride in the back of Montgomery city bus.

Ralph David Abernathy was sharing room 307 at the Lorraine Motel with Martin Luther King in Memphis the night before King was assassinated. After King's death Abernathy was elected president of the SCLC, a position he held until 1977. After retiring he continued his pastoral work in Atlanta, until his death in 1990.




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