Kennedy expressed his concern for King's harsh treatment for the traffic ticket and political pressure was quickly set in motion.
In Februarythe SCLC sponsored more than 20 mass meetings in key southern cities to register black voters in the South. Often, it seemed as though the pattern of progress was two steps forward and one step back. The driver asked her again to give up her seat and again she refused.
In the speech's most famous passage—in which he departed from his prepared text, possibly at the prompting of Mahalia Jacksonwho shouted behind him, "Tell them about the dream! He warned King to discontinue these associations and later felt compelled to issue the written directive that authorized the FBI to wiretap King and other SCLC leaders.
ByKing was gaining national exposure. It was during this campaign that Dr. He had concluded that the church offered the most assuring way to answer "an inner urge to serve humanity.
This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.
He was displeased with the pace that President Kennedy was using to address the issue of segregation. Rustin served as King's mentor and advisor throughout his early activism and was the main organizer of the March on Washington. In JanuaryKing, Ralph Abernathyand 60 ministers and civil rights activists founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to harness the moral authority and organizing power of black churches.