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C. K. (Charles Kenzie) Steele was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1935, he continued his education at Morehouse College. He served churches in Montgomery, Alabama and Augusta, Georgia before becoming pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida in 1952. While head of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Steele was elected president of the Inter-Civic Council, an organization modeled after the Montgomery Improvement Association that directed a successful bus boycott in Tallahassee in 1956. Steele was elected first vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) when it was founded in 1957. A close friend of Dr. King who shared his commitment to achieving social equality through nonviolence, Steele led demonstrations in Albany, Georgia when King was in jail.
This is a brochure describing the functions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Subjects discussed in this brochure include the source of SCLC'S funds, community efforts, civil rights demonstrations, and information on its leadership training and citizenship schools.
This SCLC brochure highlights the organization's mission, organizational structure, and initiatives, such as voter registration drives, Citizenship Schools, and the Leadership Training Program.