The SCLC And The Civil Rights Movement

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The SCLC is a group that is fully dedicated to getting African Americans the complete equality they deserve through nonviolent actions. The SCLC started out as a boycott on local busses and businesses, pressuring them to cut out segregation. While being head of the SCLC, Martin Luther King Jr. travelled around the country lecturing about nonviolent protests, civil rights, and met with religious figures, activists, and political leaders. He also wrote many different books while traveling for the SCLC. In February of 1958, more than twenty large meetings were sponsored by the SCLC to get African American voters in the south registered. On September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book in Blumstein’s department store, when …show more content…
He had to undergo hours of delicate emergency surgery. For a month in 1959, King visited Gandhi’s birthplace in India where he met family members and followers of Gandhi. The trip was supported by the American Friends Service Committee. Under the SCLC, King founded the African-American Civil Rights Organization that supported nonviolent protests. In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. relocated his family back to his hometown in Georgia where he became the co-pastor alongside his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The move did not prevent King and the SCLC from taking steps in the civil rights movement during the 1960’s. In the 1950’s, King met another African American civil rights activist named Bayard Rustin who was also a follower of Gandhi and his principles. Rustin soon became an influence and mentor of King. He encouraged King to stay behind the principles of nonviolence. Many people did not like Rustin for the fact that he was homosexual and allegedly had …show more content…
The participating students sat at racially segregated lunch counters in the city. When the students were asked to move, they refused, subjugating themselves to verbal and even occasionally physical abuse. This event became popular and its influence spread to other cities. In April, the SCLC gathered at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here, King encouraged students to continue their peaceful protests, keeping nonviolence in mind. Due to the meeting in Raleigh, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was formed. By August, the segregation of lunch counters had been ended in twenty-seven southern cities. On October 19, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. and seventy-five students requested counter service at a local department store, but were refused service. When they all refused to leave the area, he and thirty-six of the students were arrested. Charges were dropped by Atlanta’s mayor when he realized that the incident would damage the city’s reputation. Shortly after, King would be arrested again for violating his probation with a traffic conviction. He was treated so harsh when receiving the violation that his wife, Coretta Scott King, received a personal phone call from the Democratic Presidential Candidate John F. Kennedy. Around the spring in 1963, King, along with the SCLC started “Project C,” which was a series of sit-ins and marches protesting

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