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A Conversation Worth Having: Ralph Abernathy

A Conversation Worth Having: Ralph Abernathy

“If a conversation is hard, it’s probably one worth having.”

Join us for A Conversation Worth Having: a part of our Civil Rights & Social Change Collection.

Every Monday night at 7pm CST we screen a virtual collection of talks, speeches, poetry, music, films and documentaries designed to educate, enlighten, and encourage empathy surrounding the struggles and hardships facing the African-American community. You can join us from anywhere around the world, as this is a virtual event > https://app.kosmi.io/room/s76t3n

For Monday, January 11, we are continuing our study of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycotts by focusing our program on Ralph Abernathy. Abernathy was a black American pastor and civil rights leader who was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s chief aide and closest associate during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. The son of a successful farmer, Abernathy was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1948 and graduated with a B.S. degree from Alabama State University in 1950. His interest then shifted from mathematics to sociology, and he earned an M.A. degree in the latter from Atlanta University in 1951. That same year he became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and he met King a few years later when the latter became pastor of another Baptist church in the same city. In 1955–56 the two men organized a boycott by black citizens of the Montgomery bus system that forced the system’s racial desegregation in 1956. This nonviolent boycott marked the beginning of the civil rights movement that was to desegregate American society during the following two decades.

We hope you’ll join us for a chance to learn ALL January long!

Monday, January 4: Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin
Monday, January 11: Ralph Abernathy
Monday, January 18: Roy Wilkins
Monday, January 25: Shirley Chisholm

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January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm