he Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California is committed to revitalizing the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Greater Los Angeles region. Recent studies have shown a serious disparity in the median wealth of African American families. African American family wealth is 20 times less than that of white households. The average median wealth for white families is $113,149.00, while for African Americans families it is $5,677.00.
We feel the issue of economic disparity is an issue that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be fighting against today, as he did with the creation of, Operation Breadbasket and other similar programs. SCLC of Greater Los Angeles will continue in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by developing and partnering with programs that will close the economic gap, enhance the education of our youth, address employment & stimulate economic development within the African American community. SCLC will continue to fight for the civil rights of all citizens and make sure that no one is disenfranchised and that they will continue to have the power to vote. We will conduct voter registrations to help communities build their power at the ballot box.
With the desegregation of the Montgomery bus system on December 20, 1956, the boycott was carried out by the newly established Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). Martin Luther King, Jr. served as President and Ralph David Abernathy served as Program Director. It was one of history’s most dramatic and massive nonviolent protests, stunning the nation and the world. The boycott was also a signal to Black America to begin a new phase of the long struggle, a phase that came to be known as the modern civil rights movement. As bus boycotts spread across the South, leaders of the MIA and other protest groups met in Atlanta on January 10 – 11, 1957, to form a regional organization and coordinate protest activities across the South. Ralph David Abernathy during the Atlanta meeting, 60 persons from 10 states assembled and announced the
founding of the Southern Leadership Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration. They issued a document declaring that civil rights are essential to democracy, that segregation must end,and that all Black people should reject segregation absolutely and nonviolently.
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." - Martin Luther King, Jr.