|Creator:||Southern Christian Leadership Conference.|
|Title:||Southern Christian Leadership Conference lform etters|
|Quantity:||0.07 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1690 to MS 1701)|
The very beginnings of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference can be traced back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began on December 5, 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on the bus. The boycott lasted for 381 days and ended on December 21, 1956 with the desegregation of the Montgomery bus system. The boycott was carried out by the newly established Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). Martin Luther King, Jr. served as President and Ralph David Abernathy served as Program Director. It was one of history's most dramatic and massive nonviolent protests, stunning the nation and the world. The boycott was also a signal to Black America to begin a new phase of the long struggle, a phase that came to be known as the modern civil rights movement. As bus boycotts spread across the South, leaders of the MIA and other protest groups met in Atlanta on January 10-11, 1957, to form a regional organization and coordinate protest activities across the South. Despite a bombing of the home and church of Ralph David Abernathy during the Atlanta meeting, 60 persons from 10 states assembled and announced the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration. They issued a document declaring that civil rights are essential to democracy, that segregation must end, and that all Black people should reject segregation absolutely and nonviolently. SCLC is now a nation wide organization made up of chapters and affiliates with programs that affect the lives of all Americans: north, south, east and west. Its sphere of influence and interests has become international in scope because the human rights movement transcends national boundaries. Southern Christian Leadership Conference website http://www.sclcnational.org (Retrived February 17, 2009)
The collection consists of two form letters from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference seeking contributions for the support of the SCLC.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference form letters, MS 1700. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.