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Rev Ralph David Abernathy, Sr
Birth: Mar. 11, 1926
Linden
Marengo County
Alabama, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1990
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Social Reformer. He was an early civil rights organizer and minister who is best known as the leading confidante and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Born in Linden, Alabama, he was the son of a successful farmer. He became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama in 1951, and became associated with Dr. King a few years later. Resigning as pastor of his church, he and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he became pastor of West Hunter Street Baptist Church from 1961 until his death. He and King formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1957. He was Dr. King's chosen successor to head SCLC (1968 to 1977) following King's assassination in 1968 (he delivered the eulogy for his close friend). In May of that same year he led the "Poor People's March" on Washington, D.C. Although as a competent leader of SCLC, the organization never regained the influence it had under King. In 1977 he resigned as head of SCLC to run unsuccessfully, for Georgia Congressman Andrew Young's congressional seat. Turning away from the civil rights movement, he devoted his attention to his church in Atlanta and the issues of world peace. He published his controversial autobiography "And the Wall Came Tumbling Down" in 1989. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 
 
Burial:
Lincoln Cemetery
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Plot: in the wall of the chapel which is located in the office building (not the main Mausoleum)
 
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Record added: Feb 24, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8533
Rev Ralph David Abernathy, Sr
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
Rev Ralph David Abernathy, Sr
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
Rev Ralph David Abernathy, Sr
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
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In Loving Memories of Rev.Ralph D.Abernathy,Sr. (Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.'s loyal friend) Rest in Paradise!!!! Never Be Forgotten! God Bless!
- Lisa C.
 Added: Nov. 20, 2014
You were a true, honest civil right's leader not a phoney rest in peace
- patrick milo
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014

- Jill R.
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
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