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Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President /CEO, National SCLC and staff, along with Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Chairman of the Board extends deepest condolences to the entire family of Rev. C.T. Vivian.

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Rev. Vivian was an iconic leader of the civil rights movement and his legacy will be forever remembered and cherished.


Rev. Vivian’s vision and creation of a college readiness program for kids kicked out of school for protesting, later became a guide for the U.S Department of Education’s creation of the Upward Bound program which helped to increase graduation rates for students in underserved communities.


As President/CEO, I am honored to have known him and worked with him for many years.  I can honestly say that he was an anointed leader.  He will be greatly missed.

Civil Rights Icon and Longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis was the Great Collaborator Who Expanded the Civil Rights Movement, SCLC President Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. Says…

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ATLANTA – Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded and first led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., issued the following statement today upon learning the passing of legendary civil rights leader and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Lewis, who resided in Atlanta, died Friday at the age of 80.

“John Lewis will always be known as a civil rights icon. He was a fighter and a great man that was anointed by God to stand on the bridge of Selma. He became world renown for his courage, endurance, commitment, and nonviolent approach in the fight for justice for all mankind. His collaboration with other organizations is what made the movement what it is today. That is why we have an extension and expansion of the civil rights movement through Black Lives Matter. Congressman Lewis supported Black Lives Matter as far as the concept and its meaning of justice and equality for all of God’s children. One of the reasons the SCLC has life today is because of his commitment to the organization. He supported my installment as president and CEO. Because of his close relationship with Dr. King, his support meant a lot to us, and we thank God for his leadership. But the key world when remembering John Lewis is collaboration. We are missing collaboration today in terms of the structure of all civil rights and the upward mobility in the fight for justice and equality for African Americans and poor people. Congressman Lewis will be missed. He should always be the model we use to take our movements to the next level.”


Dr. Charles Steele, Jr & Former Soviet Union President Gorbachev

International Poor People’s Campaign

Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. traveled to Germany to launch the International Poor People’s Campaign to combat poverty around the world.  Poverty is not just a local injustice it a global one so the SCLC seeks to eradicate extreme poverty through an cohesive international effort.



February 27, 2020

Democratic  Presidential candidates propose new voting rights act, legalizing marijuana, national referendums on major issues, Executive Orders and other measured to improve quality of life for African-Americans… (read more)


Justice For Girls

Prevent Sex Trafficking: Justice for Girls seeks to heighten awareness of human trafficking within communities, using education to empower individuals and groups to actively work to eradicate this injustice.

Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr (left) with mentor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (right)

Kingian NonViolence Training

Central to the mission of SCLC is to awaken and strengthen the moral conscience of this country to the growing catastrophe of childhood incarceration and the obvious social unrest in under-funded and developing socioeconomic areas in rural or urban centers.

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SCLC’s focus is to educate youth and adults in the areas of personal responsibility, leadership potential, and community service; to ensure economic justice and civil rights and to eradicate racism wherever it exists.


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