Dr. Ralph David Abernathy
Civil Rights Leader
A few facts
- He was born on March 11, 1926 in Alabama.
- He was the 10th child born (out of 12) in his family.
- Received a masters in Sociology at Atlanta University.
- In 1948, he became an ordained Baptist mister.
- Became friends and mentored Martin Luther King Jr. in 1954.
- He and Martin Luther King Jr. organized protests against bus segregation after Rosa Parks was arrested.
- In 1957, he and Dr. King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
- In 1989 his autobiography was published. It was titled And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.
- Dr. Abernathy died April 17, 1990 at the age of 64. (due to poor health)
- A lot of people say if it weren't for Dr. Abernathy there might not have been a Dr. King.