50th Anniversary - Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Origins of the SCLC New Orleans Chapter

1955-1956: Montgomery Bus Boycott


ACCORDING TO THE STANFORD EDUCATION ENCYCLOPEDIA: "Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on 1 December 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott was a 13-month mass protest that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional. The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) coordinated the boycott, and its president, Martin Luther King, Jr., became a prominent civil rights leader as international attention focused on Montgomery. The bus boycott demonstrated the potential for nonviolent mass protest to successfully challenge racial segregation and served as an example for other southern campaigns that followed. In Stride Toward Freedom, King’s 1958 memoir of the boycott, he declared the real meaning of the Montgomery bus boycott to be the power of a growing self-respect to animate the struggle for civil rights." 

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1956: Montgomery Improvement Association


"Black citizens in Montgomery begin a one-day bus boycott to protest the arrest of Rosa Parks. Black community leaders, impressed with the boycott's success, decide to lengthen the boycott and press for summary elimination of segregation in the city bus system. The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) is formed to coordinate the boycott, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church is elected president. In connection with the boycott, King delivers his first civil rights speech, at the Holt Street Baptist Church in Montgomery."

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February 14, 1957: New Orleans, Louisiana


"Birth of SCLC: On January 10, 1957, more than 100 Southern leaders gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, to share and discuss their  mutual problems of the Southern struggle. By unanimous agreement, the body voted to form a permanent organization that would serve as a coordinating agency for local protest centers that were utilizing the technique and philosophy of nonviolence in creative protest. ...SCLC came into being in New Orleans, Louisiana. Martin Luther King, Jr., was elected president."  Reprint from a 1957 SCLC brochure titled "This is SCLC."

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Saluting Awareness Month


  Did you know that October is not only domestic violence awareness month but also breast cancer awareness month?  Actively take time to educate yourselves, both men and women with regards to being proactive with their own health and making sure that breast screening is part of their health maintenance. 

Peace Keepers of New Orleans


The murder of a two-year-old boy sparked the Peace Keepers’ movement in New Orleans. The boy’s father killed him to avoid paying child support.  It gave a group of local men the impetus to start a New Orleans branch of the all-volunteer, non-profit, anti-violence advocacy group. Contact the Peace Keepers’ Hotline at 504-274-9426.  

Toy Guns / Real Bullets


Does your child or someone you know have a toy gun? Playing "cops and robbers" or "army soldier" has, and continues to be, part of many children's pastime. Make sure the fake guns can't be mistaken for real weapons.  Too often, these toy guns lead to someone being shot with real guns.  Lets not put our youth in harms way.

Unity in the Community Forum


"Unity In The Community" are solution-oriented forums that attempt to address contemporary topics in the areas of education; criminal justice; economic sustainability; and health care.  Subject matter experts from across the Region are invited to share with the community. 

Community Commitment


COMMUNITY COMMITMENT EDUCATION CENTER is a multi-faceted center that educates, advocates, and transforms community members.  Did you know that if you text 741741 when you are feeling really depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text with you?  8540 Spruce Street, NOLA 70118.    

2018 MLK Education Series


The MLK Education Series was founded by Dr. L.A. LeBan in 2006 and adopted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Planning Commission for the City of New Orleans in 2010.  The Series attempts to present the struggle for Civil Rights in Louisiana with living testimonies.

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