James Bevel Organization leader

James bevel

James L. Bevel (October 19, 1936 – December 19, 2008) was an American minister and leader of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, as the Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) initiated, strategized, directed, and developed SCLC's three major successes of the era: the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, and the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. James Bevel also called for and initially organized the 1963 March on Washington and initiated and strategized the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, SCLC's two main public gatherings of the era. For his work in the 1960s he has been referred to as the "Father of Voting Rights", the "Strategist and Architect of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement", and as half of the Bevel/King team that formulated and communicated the actions, issues, and dialogues which created the historical changes of the era.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 19th, 1936
United States of America
Date of death
December 19th, 2008 at age of 72
Place of death
Cause of death
Pancreatic cancer




1. American Baptist College Colleges/University

1957 - 1961

American Baptist College (also known as American Baptist Theological Seminary or ABTS) is a small, predominantly African American liberal arts college located in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1924, its predecessor was Roger Williams University, a black college begun in the late-19th century and closed in the early 20th century (Its campus is now occupied by Peabody College of Vanderbilt University). Primarily a school designed to train African American Baptist ministers, its student body was highly influential in the civil rights movement.

Type Private university
1800 Baptist World Center Drive, 37207 - Nashville, Tennessee
2010. 93
2009. 84
2010. 10
Local tuition
2010. 5.76 K $
Official web page www.abcnash.edu
Wikipedia article

People attended American Baptist College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1940., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1940., Organization founder
b. 1924., Minister of Religion


Company Founded Positions
Nashville Student Movement

Organizations founded

1. Making of a Man Clinic


2. Students for Education and Economic Development


Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
United States Navy


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