Southern Christian Leadership Conference

SCLC organization chart with Martin Luther King, Jr. (top left), Ralph Abernathy (top right),

Joseph Lowery (row 2, 2nd from left) and

Fred Shuttlesworth (row 2, 3rd from left)

January 27 - New Orleans, LA - Over sixty civil rights activists and ministers met in New Orleans and founded the SCLC, which was dedicated to "redeeming the soul" of the United States thorough nonviolent resistance.   Dr. King was elected as the first President and three days later, his Atlanta home was bombed.   The organization went on to become a major driving force for political, social and economic change up until 1968 (once Dr. King was assassinated, the organization's membership severely dropped and its influence, to a large extent, ended).