Thursday, July 9, 2009


American clergyman and civil rights leader, born in Linden, Ala. He was educated at Alabama State College and Atlanta University, was ordained in the Baptist ministry in 1948, and became a pastor in Montgomery three years later. In December 1955, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, he organized a boycott by blacks that in one year led to the desegregation of the city’s buses. Subsequently, at the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, he was made secretary-treasurer of that organization. He became its vice president at large in 1965 and its president upon Dr. King’s assassination in April 1968.

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