December 2013/January 2014 Issue
December 16, 2013

Freebies: NYSUT poster honors Ralph D Abernathy

Source: NYSUT United

NYSUT poster honors Ralph D. Abernathy

Black History Month 2014 - Ralph D. AbernathyNYSUT celebrates Black History Month in February with a poster highlighting the life and career of civil rights activist Ralph D. Abernathy. The poster is illustrated by NYSUT staff graphic artist Mark Sharer.

Abernathy was a pastor and civil rights leader who helped launch the American Civil Rights Movement and was a key figure during its most turbulent years, 1955-1968. Working closely with his associate, Martin Luther King Jr., Abernathy organized the 13-month-long Montgomery bus boycott, which desegregated the Alabama city's buses in 1956.

Abernathy also co-founded, with King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. It became an important Southern civil rights organization, playing a major role in the 1963 March on Washington. Abernathy's autobiography, And the Walls Came Tumbling Down, was published in 1989.

The poster is free. You can download printable poster (pdf) or order from NYSUT via email at Reference Project No. 514B/14; include your name and mailing address. Local presidents may request posters in bulk; quantities are limited.

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Animal education kits

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