The Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook

Civil Rights Leader

The Reverend Harold Middlebrook first became involved with the civil rights movement as a student at Morehouse where he met Dr. Martin Luther King. Middlebrook participated in several Atlanta sit ins where he was jailed with Dr. King, resulting in a life-long relationship with the King family. He served as youth minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where both King and his father were pastors.

He would go on to direct the Selma Alabama boycotts, organize voter registration campaigns, and participate in the Memphis sanitation workers strike which lasted 65 days. Middlebrook was instrumental in securing King’s appearance to lead a mass march in Memphis.

King met with friends, including Harold Middlebrook, at the Lorraine Motel to plan the next mass march. As King leaned over the balcony railing to speak to people in the courtyard, a single gunshot slayed the civil rights icon.

Heroes like Middlebrook kept King’s dream alive. He remained politically active and effective. He appeared in several films on the civil rights movement including the 1998 Oliver Stone documentary “Assassinated: The Last Days of King and Kennedy”.

Join the Society of College and University Planners as Dr. Middlebrook re-members the struggles of the past, re-assesses our current situation, and then gives his vision for re-inventing a better tomorrow for current and future generations.