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Here Malcolm is referring to the leaders of the six major civil rights organizations at that time. In a historic meeting all six leaders came together to meet with then President John F. Kennedy on July 2, 1963 to discuss plans for the historic March on Washington. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) led by Dr. Martin Luther King, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) led by John Lewis, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) led by James Farmer, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) led by Roy Wilkins, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters led by A. Phillip Randolph, and the National Urban League (NUL) led by Whitney Young.Initially there was minor strife between some of the older, more conservative organizations (such as the Urban League and the NAACP) and the younger, more militant organizations (SNCC and CORE). After Randolph promised that the march would be nonviolent, King, Wilkins, and Young agreed to the meeting, much to the dismay of SNCC and CORE who had already pledged support. The historic march took place on August 28, 1963 and was a success, despite the fact that Kennedy pleaded for it not to take place.