Juanita Jones Abernathy, widow of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, outside West Hunter Baptist Church. She was a seminal character in the American civil rights movement. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Funeral services set for civil rights leader Juanita Abernathy

Funeral arrangements and visitation for civil rights leader and former MARTA board member Juanita Abernathy are set.

Abernathy, 89, died last week at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta surrounded by her three children and four grandchildren. Abernathy was the last surviving member of the quartet that were early leaders of the movement: the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and her husband the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Sr. All rose to prominence after they helped orchestrate and lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956. From there, the Kings and Abernathys became the first families of the movement, leading a social revolution that changed the nation.

Visitation and Family Hour:

Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta

Celebration of Life Services:

Monday, Sept. 23, noon

Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut St. SW, Atlanta

Private Interment:

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Lincoln Cemetery, 2275 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW, Atlanta

Services provided by Carl Williams Funeral Directors, 492 Larkin St. SW Atlanta 404-522-8454

In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to:

Juanita and Ralph David Abernathy Foundation

For more information contact Vanessa Manley, atlantachangeagent@gmail.com

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