The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the civil rights group which was once headed by Martin Luther King Jr., has pledged to mentor and guide the Occupy Atlanta movement, a branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The decision to mentor Occupy Atlanta came after a six hour meeting led by SCLC President Isaac Newton Farris, Jr. that included veterans J.T. Johnson, Rev. Willie Bolden and Rita Samuels, as well as Occupy Atlanta leaders Tim Frazen and Ron Allen.
CBS Atlanta reports:
“We’re willing to help if Occupy Atlanta wants our instruction and input,” said Johnson, who worked strategically with Ambassador Andrew Young and the late civil rights pioneer Rev. Hosea Williams. “We’ve been there with regard to expertise in non-violent civil disobedience.”
Atlanta police evicted the Occupy Atlanta protesters from Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday. SCLC President Farris, Dr. King’s nephew, negotiated a temporary encampment for Franzen’s group behind the King Center on Auburn Avenue.