While in Nashville for a series of lectures, King received a telephone call from Ralph Abernathy informing him that the Montgomery County grand jury had indicted 115 participants in the bus boycott (later reduced to 89) for violating Alabama's 1921 statute against conspiracies that interfered with lawful business. King cancelled several lectures and flew home via Atlanta. On 23 February King, accompanied by his wife and other family members, voluntarily reported to the county courthouse for arrest. He was released on bond after being fingerprinted and photographed.
CMCR, AMC, Circuit Court, Montgomery County Records, Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery, Ala., File 7399