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November 12, 1989 | Mary King, King's book on her experience as a white woman working in the civil rights movement, "Freedom Song" (William Morrow), was awarded a 1988 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy was the closest friend and confidant of Martin Luther King from the moment that Dr. King moved to Montgomery, Ala., in the summer of 1954 until he cradled King in his arms as he lay dying from an assassin's bullet in Memphis 14 years later. The author shared with King their calling as Baptist pastors in the esteemed institution of the black church, but here the similarity ends.
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October 6, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader, died Wednesday. He was 89. Shuttlesworth had been in poor health for the last year and was hospitalized with breathing problems three weeks ago at Birmingham's Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where he died, said family spokeswoman Malena Cunningham.
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October 6, 2011 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader, died Wednesday. He was 89. Shuttlesworth had been in poor health for the last year and was hospitalized with breathing problems three weeks ago at Birmingham's Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where he died, said family spokeswoman Malena Cunningham.
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November 26, 2002 | From Reuters
The state of Georgia on Monday revoked the parole of former state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III after finding him guilty of taking fees to represent inmates. The decision means Abernathy, son of the late U.S. civil rights activist Ralph David Abernathy Sr., must return to prison, where he could remain until January 2004.
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April 21, 1991 | Associated Press
Georgia's transportation board has named a section of Interstate 20 for the late Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. It is the second corridor named for the civil rights leader, who died last April.
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March 24, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, 63, key associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, was hospitalized in Atlanta for a sodium imbalance, his doctor said. He was in fair condition in the cardiac unit at Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University. Though Abernathy's heartbeat was being monitored, he was not suffering from a heart problem, the doctor said.
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October 29, 1989
It is interesting to note that Ralph David Abernathy is vice-president of the board of directors of the American Freedom Coalition, one of the most ferociously right-wing, allegedly Moonie-backed groups that currently exists in the United States. Is his biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. truly a quest for truth, or is it one more attempt to discredit those men and women who fight for the civil liberties of the disenfranchised? VIRGINIA URIBE, Los Angeles
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November 26, 2002 | From Reuters
The state of Georgia on Monday revoked the parole of former state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III after finding him guilty of taking fees to represent inmates. The decision means Abernathy, son of the late U.S. civil rights activist Ralph David Abernathy Sr., must return to prison, where he could remain until January 2004.
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April 23, 1990 | Associated Press
Hundreds of mourners filed past the coffin of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy after a somber Sunday service at the church where he preached the gospel during the turbulent civil rights era. About 300 people lined up after the regular service at the West Hunter Street Baptist Church, where the civil rights leader was pastor from 1961 until his death last week at age 64. At an evening memorial service, civil rights figures praised the man who worked beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.
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December 10, 1989
I read Mary King's review of Ralph Abernathy's "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down." I hope to read the book. Provided I can figure out a way to do so without buying it. My disillusionment with Dr. Abernathy began when it became apparent that he could not carry the banner that he had grabbed from the dying hands of Martin Luther King as King fell. But then, who could? That disillusionment was complete some months ago as I dutifully went through the several pounds of mail solicitations I receive each week.
NEWS
July 12, 1999 | From Associated Press
Within a month of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI began investigating King's successor, looking for the same type of "immoral activities" the bureau had tried to use to discredit King, newly released FBI files show. The files, obtained by Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, include an April 22, 1968, memo from FBI headquarters ordering an investigation of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy.
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April 21, 1991 | Associated Press
Georgia's transportation board has named a section of Interstate 20 for the late Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. It is the second corridor named for the civil rights leader, who died last April.
NEWS
April 23, 1990 | Associated Press
Hundreds of mourners filed past the coffin of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy after a somber Sunday service at the church where he preached the gospel during the turbulent civil rights era. About 300 people lined up after the regular service at the West Hunter Street Baptist Church, where the civil rights leader was pastor from 1961 until his death last week at age 64. At an evening memorial service, civil rights figures praised the man who worked beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.
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April 18, 1990 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, the best friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose reputation as a pathbreaking civil rights leader was injured amid the furor over his autobiographical account of King's adultery, died Tuesday. He was 64. Abernathy had been undergoing treatment at Crawford Long hospital here since March 23 for a low sodium condition. He had been treated for stroke in the past. Cardiologist Dr. Henry A.
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March 24, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, 63, key associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, was hospitalized in Atlanta for a sodium imbalance, his doctor said. He was in fair condition in the cardiac unit at Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University. Though Abernathy's heartbeat was being monitored, he was not suffering from a heart problem, the doctor said.
NEWS
July 12, 1999 | From Associated Press
Within a month of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI began investigating King's successor, looking for the same type of "immoral activities" the bureau had tried to use to discredit King, newly released FBI files show. The files, obtained by Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, include an April 22, 1968, memo from FBI headquarters ordering an investigation of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy.
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February 19, 1990 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adjua Abi Naantaanbuu, a graceful woman with languid eyes and pointed wit, sipped tea and talked about that day more than 20 years ago, the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died. It was 1968 and he had had dinner at her house the night before. Those events changed her life.
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December 10, 1989
I read Mary King's review of Ralph Abernathy's "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down." I hope to read the book. Provided I can figure out a way to do so without buying it. My disillusionment with Dr. Abernathy began when it became apparent that he could not carry the banner that he had grabbed from the dying hands of Martin Luther King as King fell. But then, who could? That disillusionment was complete some months ago as I dutifully went through the several pounds of mail solicitations I receive each week.
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