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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Arrests

Reactions to Conviction

Moments after Judge Eugene W. Carter fined King $500 for violating an antiboycott law, a crowd of three hundred cheering supporters greeted King and his wife outside the courthouse. In an impromptu curbside press conference King expresses his faith that the verdict would be overturned on appeal and that the boycott would continue in the same spirit of nonviolent resistance.

Handwritten notes on leaving Albany

These handwritten notes, likely written after King’s arrest on 27 July 1962 while leading a prayer vigil at Albany City Hall, indicate his reasons for remaining in jail: “1. After weighing the total situation, I think it will be a blow to the morale of the people if I leave at this point. 2. It will be misinterpreted and distorted by the press in view of the fine being mysteriously paid in the other instance of my arrest here.”

Statement on Perjury Acquittal

After deliberating for three hours and forty-three minutes, an all-white jury acquitted King of perjury for signing a false state income tax return. A news report indicated that King seemed “stunned” by the verdict, while his parents “collapsed in tears.”1 Outside the Montgomery courtroom, King delivers this statement to the press. This transcript was drawn from television news footage.

Draft, Statement to Judge James E. Webb after Arrest at Rich's Department Store

On 19 October—three days after the close of the SNCC conference—Atlanta police arrested King and student activists who had requested service at the Magnolia Room, a segregated restaurant at Rich’s department store in downtown Atlanta.1 Organized by the Atlanta Committee on an Appeal for Human Rights the sit-in was one of several conducted simultaneously at lunch counters throughout the city.2 After charges were dropped against many of the

Interview after Release from Georgia State Prison at Reidsville

On 26 October, Massachusetts senator and presidential candidate John F. Kennedy telephoned Coretta Scott King from Chicago and expressed his concern about her husband's imprisonment.1 Kennedy's brother and campaign manager Robert initiated a series of calls to Georgia officials, including Judge J.


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