Ralph Abernathy’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Mar 11, 1926

Death Date

April 17, 1990

Age of Death

64 years

Cause of Death

Cardiovascular Disease


Civil Rights Leader

The civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy died at the age of 64. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

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 and his wife had four children.



“Bring on your tear gas, bring on your grenades, your new supplies of Mace, your state troopers and even your national guards. But let the record show we ain’t going to be turned around.” (Ralph Abernathy)


“In so many instances, there has been an attempt to rewrite history. And many times, on photographs, Martin and I were marching together, hand in hand; they cropped the photographs and left me out.” (Ralph Abernathy)


“He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House.” (Ralph Abernathy)


“I am not going to say I have been a saint. I have not been a perfect man. None is perfect but the Father, which is in Heaven.” (Ralph Abernathy)


“I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.” (Ralph Abernathy)