Southern Christian Leadership Conference,

from Martin Luther King, Jr – Letter From Birmingham Jail on Rap Genius

Meaning

Logo of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is a civil-rights organization founded in 1957 by Martin Luther King, Jr., and headed by him until his assassination in 1968.

Composed largely of African-American clergy from the South and an outgrowth of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott that King had led, it advocated nonviolent passive resistance as the means of securing equality for African Americans. It also sponsored the massive March on Washington in 1963.

The SCLC continues to sponsor a number of programs, including voter registration and education and the Truth and Justice Campaign.

An image of some of the demonstrators that participated in the March on Washington

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