Minister, Civil Rights Activist and grandson of a slave who notably was a leader of the SCLC Poor People's Campaign during the 1960's.
He was behind the mass meeting, in response to the arrest
His children continued to carry on his fight for social equality. Two of them became involved with improving the lives of African-Americans.
He and his wife had four children.
After the assassination of his close associate of Martin Luther King Jr. he has led the March on Washington, D.C., that had been planned for May 1968.