Willie Bolden

General Information


Pastor - Southern Christian Leadership Conference

U.S. Marines


masters degreeHarvard University


Field Staff Member - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

NAACP Governing Committee Member - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Recent News  


SCLC veteran foot soldier and former Atlanta NAACP governing committee member Rev. Willie Bolden has passed.
After SCLC, Rev. Bolden earned a masters degree from Harvard University, served as a union official and was a local government personnel administrator. Willie Bolden was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 7, 1938. He was raised in Savannah, Georgia. Bolden served in the U.S. Marines. Inspired by Hosea Williams and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was the "Wagon Master" for the Mule Train on the Poor People's Campaign, preparing cities for Dr. King's arrival. Bolden was also active in Williams' Summer Community Organization for Political Education (SCOPE), a program designed to recruit white students to help with the movement. Afterwards, Bolden began serving as pastor of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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Rev. Willie Bolden, pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and leader in SCLC

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First Coast News | Political News and Election 2004

"What we are demanding is that at least four, at least 4 other early voting places be opened," said Reverend Willie M. Bolden with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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