A great-grandson of a slave, his legacy to the civil rights struggle went beyond the sit-ins that got him arrested and the early belligerence of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, where, as one of its original leaders and chief spokesman, he deftly guided the mainstream white news media to the egregious examples of anti-black violence and discrimination.
He founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organization; serving for two decades in the Georgia General Assembly; and becoming the chairman of the N.A.A.C.P.
Source: New York Times
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