1957 January 10

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is Founded


The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) became the organizational base for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights activities from its founding on this day until his assassination on April 4, 1968. SCLC was an outgrowth of the 12-month Montgomery Bus Boycott, which started on December 5, 1955, and continued until mid-December 1956. Sixty African-American ministers met at Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia, to establish a plan to coordinate the actions of local protest groups throughout the South with the help of black churches. The group emphasized nonviolence as a means to bring about social progress and racial justice for southern African-Americans.

After Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, SCLC gradually faded as a leading organization on racial justice issues.

Read the SCLC Founding Statement: http://www.crmvet.org/docs/5701_statement.pdf

Go to the SCLC web site: http://sclcnational.org/

Learn more about the history of SCLC after King’s death: Ralph Abernathy, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down (1989)

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