Ralph Abernathy

(Ralph David Abernathy Sr.)

Ralph Abernathy
Ralph Abernathy
  • Born: March 11, 1926
  • Died: April 17, 1990
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman, Activist









Ralph David Abernathy Sr. was an American civil rights activist and Christian minister. As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he was a close friend and mentor of Martin Luther King Jr.. He collaborated with King to create the Montgomery Improvement Association which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He also co-founded and was an executive board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He became president of the SCLC following the assassination of King in 1968, where he led the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C. among other marches and demonstrations for disenfranchised Americans. He also served as an advisory committee member of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE).

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He [Richard M. Nixon] told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain't going to be turned around.
Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history. History
Everything I learned about the Great Depression was from a college textbook.
He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House.
History will treat me right. History
I am not going to say I have been a saint. I have not been a perfect man. None is perfect but the Father, which is in Heaven.
I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. Future
I have suffered as much as Martin Luther King. Only I didn't get the bullet. And I would have taken the bullet if I could have.
I loved Martin Luther King more than a brother.
I wanted to show that Martin Luther King was simply a human being, not a god, not a saint. Religion & God
I went to jail 44 times. I've been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom... Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that? History ;Freedom & Liberty
I will always be open to receive my friends. I will not force myself on them.
Not only are a voteless people a hopeless people. A non-producing people are hopeless also.
You may be assured that we won't ever let your words die. Like the words of our Master, Jesus Christ, they will live in our minds and our hearts and in the souls of black men and white men, brown men and yellow men as long as time shall last. Time

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