Definition of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

 
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(abbreviation the SCLC)
 
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a US organization started by Martin Luther King in 1957 at the beginning of the civil rights movement. Its members were mostly African American church leaders. They supported peaceful protests and organized the large 1963 march on Washington, DC. After King was murdered, Ralph Abernathy became the head of SCLC (1968-77).