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Martin Luther King, Jr. found guilty in 1956...



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March 23, 1956

THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, Memphis, March 23, 1956 

* Martin Luther King Jr. found guilty
* Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott
* Pushed into the national spotlight
* From the city of his assassination


The Montgomery bus boycott was probably the first major political and social protest campaign against racial segregation in America, particularly in the South. Martin Luther King Jr. was only 26 years old and considered the leader of this campaign. It was his eventual arrest and guilty verdict that pushed him into the national spotlight. The front page of this issue has the report of this event with a one column heading: "LEADER OF BOYCOTT DRAWS FINE OF $500" with subhead. (see) A significant issue in the early stages of the Civil Rights movement. Because the fact that King was not known nationally at the time, there was no reason for this newspaper date to have been kept, making it rare as such. Also nice to have from the city where he was assassinated.
Complete with 54 pages, binding holes along the spine/1st column, otherwise nice.

wikipedia notes: On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus. The two incidents led to the Montgomery bus boycott, which was urged and planned by Nixon and led by King. The boycott lasted for 385 days, and the situation became so tense that King's house was bombed. King was arrested during this campaign, which concluded with a United States District Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle that ended racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses. King's role in the bus boycott transformed him into a national figure and the best-known spokesman of the civil rights movement.

Category: The 20th Century

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