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Dr. Ralph Abernathy


Full Name: Ralph David Abernathy Sr.
March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990
Notable: Activist
Nationality: American


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Dr. Ralph Abernathy was a World War II veteran and minister who was a co-founder of both the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As a result of being close friends, Dr. Abernathy was involved with all of the campaigns and protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following Dr. King’s murder, Dr. Abernathy continued to lead campaigns and protests until he returned to preaching in 1977.

Works Cited

  • “Abernathy, Ralph David.” The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, 25 Apr. 2018, Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia.
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  • Kealoha, Samantha. “Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) • BlackPast.” BlackPast, 22 Mar. 2019,
  • “Ralph D. Abernathy.”, A&E Networks Television, 15 May 2019,

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