- NAME: Ralph D. Abernathy
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Pastor
- BIRTH DATE: March 11, 1926
- DEATH DATE: April 17, 1990
- EDUCATION: Alabama State University, Atlanta University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Linden, Alabama
- PLACE OF DEATH: Atlanta, Georgia
- AKA: Ralph David Abernathy
- Full Name: Ralph David Abernathy Sr.
- AKA: Ralph Abernathy
- AKA: Ralph D. Abernathy Sr.
- AKA: Ralph D. Abernathy
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Ralph D. Abernathy was a Baptist minister who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.
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For 382 days, almost the entire African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama, including leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, refused to ride on segregated buses, a turning point in the American civil rights movement.
On March 7, 1965 around 600 people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in an attempt to begin the Selma to Montgomery march. State troopers violently attacked the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to stop the march for voting rights.
On Sunday, March 21, 1965, nearly 8,000 people began the five-day march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
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Ralph D. Abernathy died on April 17, 1990, in Atlanta, Georgia. He'll always be remembered as King's closest confidante and second in command. In fact, King himself said in his last speech, "Ralph David Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world."
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