C. K. STEELE Biography - Crimes, Laws and people


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Name: Charles Kenzie Steele                                                           
Born: 17 February 1914                                                               
Died: 1980                                                                           
Rev. Charles Kenzie Steele (born February 17, 1914 in Bluefield, West Virginia;       
died 1980 in Tallahassee) was a preacher and a civil rights activist. He was one     
of the main organizers of the Tallahassee bus boycott, and a prominent member of     
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.                                         
Steele was the son of a coal miner, and at a young age he knew that he wanted to     
be a preacher and he first started preaching when he was 15 years old. Steele         
moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1938 to attend Morehouse College. He then began         
preaching in Toccoa and Augusta, Georgia and also in Montgomery, Alabama. In         
1952 Steele moved to Tallahassee when he was 38 years old, where he started           
preaching at Bethel Baptist Church. Steele met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when       
he was on his way to Tallahassee.