The Big Six- Organizers of the Civil Rights Movement – Gone But Not Forgotten

The Big Six- Organizers of the Civil Rights Movement – Gone But Not Forgotten

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In 1963, the “Big Six” leaders who organized the March on Washington were:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Whitney Young, (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971)
    National Urban League
  • Asa Philip Randolph, (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)
    labor organizer
  • James Leonard Farmer Jr (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999)
    of the Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE);
  • Roy Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981)
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  • And John Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020)
    of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
    The last one died this week.
    How many of them had you heard of before?
    Rest in Peace. Rest in Power.

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