- from MLK Jr.
The Montgomery bus boycott made King famous—and busy. He helped form a new organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
It was dedicated to working for civil rights. He became its leader. He also wrote a book about the boycott. While he was signing copies of it in a New York City bookstore, a mentally ill woman stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. His doctor told him that if he had sneezed, he could have died. The attack helped King see that he had many dangerous enemies.