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Montgomery Improvement Association

Dr. King writes in Stride Toward Freedom that after the arrest and trial of Rosa Parks, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy of First Baptist Church, E. D. (Edgar Daniel) Nixon of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Rev. Edgar N. French of Hilliard Chapel AME Zion Church “discussed the need for some organization to guide and direct the protest.” Rev. L. Roy Bennett of Mt. Zion AME Zion Church called a meeting of several community leaders that afternoon. On December 5, 1955, the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was born, with Dr. King elected as its first president. After the Montgomery Bus Boycott victory, the MIA went on to be a founding organization of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

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The Montgomery Improvement Association

Dr. King expresses gratitude for his receipt of a kind letter and informs the recipient that their words of sympathy have endorsed great moral support.

The Montgomery Story

Dr. King delivers an address entitled the "Montgomery Story" at the NAACP 47th Annual Convention. He address several issues throughout the address including: segregation, civil rights, equality, slavery and religion.

This is SCLC

This brochure provides readers with the history of the SCLC, as well as the purpose and breakdown of its staff and programs.