Ralph Abernathy was born in Linden, Alabama on March 11, 1926. He became a Baptist minister and civil rights leader.

Abernathy met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when they were both students at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

They became close friends and worked together to end segregation and racism in the United States.

Abernathy served as King’s chief lieutenant and advisor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

He also helped to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). After King’s assassination in 1968, Abernathy became the leader of the SCLC.

He continued to fight for civil rights until his death on April 17, 1990.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Ralph Abernathy’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Ralph Abernathy Quotes

If you see a good fight, get in it and fight to win it! ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I will always be open to receive my friends. I will not force myself on them. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I went to jail 44 times. I’ve been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom… Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that? ~ Ralph Abernathy.

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History will treat me right. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I’m sick and tired of black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

Everything I learned about the Great Depression was from a college textbook. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

Top Ralph Abernathy Quotes

Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I wanted to show that Martin Luther King was simply a human being, not a god, not a saint. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain’t going to be turned around. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

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Not only are a voteless people a hopeless people. A non-producing people are hopeless also. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I am not going to say I have been a saint. I have not been a perfect man. None is perfect but the Father, which is in Heaven. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

Famous Ralph Abernathy Quotes

The industrial landscape is already littered with remains of once successful companies that could not adapt their strategic vision to altered conditions of competition. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

Violence is the weapon of the weak. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

I have suffered as much as Martin Luther King. Only I didn’t get the bullet. And I would have taken the bullet if I could have. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

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I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

You may be assured that we won’t ever let your words die. Like the words of our Master, Jesus Christ, they will live in our minds and our hearts and in the souls of black men and white men, brown men and yellow men as long as time shall last. ~ Ralph Abernathy.

It’s not the name they call you, it’s the name you answer to. ~ Ralph Abernathy.


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