January 10, 1957 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded to coordinate and support nonviolent direct action as a method to end all forms of segregation.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first president and Ella Baker was the first staff person. During the first few years, SCLC focused on education, voter registration, and support for local struggles being waged by affiliates.
Their first major campaign was in Albany, Georgia and later campaigns included Birmingham, Alabama, St. Augustine, Florida, Selma, Alabama, and Grenada, Mississippi.