Ralph Abernathy

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Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.
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Born March 11, 1926
Atlanta, Georgia
Died April 17, 1990
Political Party Democrat
Spouse Juanita Jones Abernathy
Religion Baptist

Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Platoon Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was an American civil rights leader and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. A Baptist minister, he was a strong leader in the Civil Rights Movement to successfully fight for the rights of blacks.

While a registered member of the Democratic Party, Abernathy was especially conservative on social issues, being an outspoken opponent of abortion.[1] Like principled conservative Christians today, he also opposed pornography and abhorred the sexual revolution.[2] Abernathy strongly opposed illegal immigration as well.[3]

See also


  1. Evenson, Darrick (July 22, 2011). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Had Pro-Life View Opposing Abortion. LifeNews.com. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  2. When Ralph Abernathy Took His Stand. Education News. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  3. https://youtu.be/qUU2iWxrH2M

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