Profession: Civil Rights Activist
Why Famous: A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Abernathy and King co-founded the Montgomery Improvement Association to support the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1957 in Alabama.
Abernathy became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference upon King's assassination in 1968, an organization they had both co-founded.
Abernathy was also a key negotiator in the peace deal to end the stand-off between the FBI and the leaders of the American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee in 1973.
- 1955-12-05 Montgomery Improvement Association formed by Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Edgar Nixon to support the Montgomery bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama
- 1957-02-13 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans with Martin Luther King Jr. as President
- 1973-05-08 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender