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Hayling, Robert Bagner

b. 1929

Robert Hayling, a dentist, worked closely with Dr. King’s St. Augustine (Florida) campaign. In 1960, he opened a dental practice in St. Augustine that served whites and blacks. Advisor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth Council, he led demonstrations in segregated facilities. Hayling was beaten and almost killed at a Ku Klux Klan rally and his home sprayed with gunfire. His dental practice suffered; King raised funds to sustain it. When hundreds were arrested in the 1963-64 SCLC campaign, a grand jury urged a cooling-off period. Hayling and King issued a statement saying there would be no peace until their demands were met. Hayling was the first black dentist to join the American Dental Association and was recognized by St. Augustine in 2003 for his contributions to the city.

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St. Augustine, Florida: 400 Years of Bigotry and Hate

The SCLC compiled and published this pamphlet about St. Augustine, Florida, describing a long history of racial discrimination and segregation supported by Northern tourism.