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Ralph Abernathy

Abernathy in June 1968
2nd President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
In office
1968–1977
Preceded by Martin Luther King Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph Lowery
Personal details
Born Ralph David Abernathy
(1926-03-11)March 11, 1926
Linden, Alabama, US
Died April 17, 1990(1990-04-17) (aged 64)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Juanita Jones Abernathy
Children Kwame Luthuli
Ralph David Jr. (deceased)
Ralph David III (deceased)
Donzaleigh
Juandalynn
Occupation Clergyman, activist
Known for Civil Rights Movement
Peace movement
Religion Christianity (Baptist)

I went to jail 44 times. I've been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom… Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that?
Ralph Abernathy
Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history.
Ralph Abernathy
Everything I learned about the Great Depression was from a college textbook.
Ralph Abernathy
Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain't going to be turned around.
Ralph Abernathy
I will always be open to receive my friends. I will not force myself on them.
Ralph Abernathy
I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.
Ralph Abernathy
Not only are a voteless people a hopeless people. A non-producing people are hopeless also.
Ralph Abernathy
I have suffered as much as Martin Luther King. Only I didn't get the bullet. And I would have taken the bullet if I could have.
Ralph Abernathy
I loved Martin Luther King more than a brother.
You may be assured that we won't ever let your words die. Like the words of our Master, Jesus Christ, they will live in our minds and our hearts and in the souls of black men and white men, brown men and yellow men as long as time shall last.
Ralph Abernathy
I am not going to say I have been a saint. I have not been a perfect man. None is perfect but the Father, which is in Heaven.
Ralph Abernathy
I wanted to show that Martin Luther King was simply a human being, not a god, not a saint.
Ralph Abernathy
He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House.
Ralph Abernathy
History will treat me right.