Ralph David Abernathy


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Abernathy, Ralph David

(ăb`ərnăth'ē), 1926–90, American civil-rights leader, b. Linden, Ala. A Baptist minister, he helped Martin Luther KingKing, Martin Luther, Jr.,
1929–68, American clergyman and civil-rights leader, b. Atlanta, Ga., grad. Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), Boston Univ. (Ph.D., 1955).
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, Jr., organize the Montgomery bus boycott (1955). He was treasurer, vice president, and, after King's assassination (1968), president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). An advocate of nonviolence as a means to social change, he led the Poor People's Campaign on Washington, D.C., after King's death. He resigned from the SCLC in 1977.
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Many of the region s most prominent leaders, from Herman Russell and Donald Lee Hollowell, to Ralph David Abernathy, III and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr.
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With each small victory in the 382-day bus boycott, King, ably supported by Ralph David Abernathy, extended the horizon of the possible as he stood on the shoulders of ordinary people exerting extraordinary effort.
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