SCLC The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is an African-American civil rights organization. SCLC, which is closely associated with its first president, Martin Luther King Jr, had a large role in the American Civil Rights Movement.

(P) The very beginnings of the SCLC can be traced back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began on December 5, 1955 The boycott lasted for 381 days and ended on December 21, 1956, with the desegregation of the Montgomery bus system.
(S) Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on the bus. Rosa Parks rode at the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus on the day of the Supreme Court's ban on segregation of the city's buses took effect.
(S) Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., the organization drew on the power and independence of black churches to support its activities.
(P) This conference is called," King wrote, with fellow ministers C. K. Steele and Fred Shuttlesworth in January 1957, "because we have no moral choice, before God, but to delve deeper into the struggle—and to do so with greater reliance on non-violence and with greater unity, coordination, sharing, and Christian understanding."
(P) SCLC’s focus is to educate youth and adults in the areas of personal responsibility, leadership potential, and community service.
(S) Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth, and others, founded the SCLC in order to have a regional organization that could better coordinate civil rights protest activities across the South.
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(S) The group led the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., which drew an estimated twenty-five thousand people. In 1959, it organized a youth march on Washington, D.C., that attracted forty thousand people.
(S) In the mid-1960s, people were wondering if non-violent would directly change their communities for the better.
(P) The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.
(P) Joseph E. Lowery succeeded Abernathy as president of the SCLC in 1977.The Atlanta-based group has continued to work for the improvement of the lives of African Americans through leadership training and citizen education.

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