ALABAMA: Swift Justice

"To prevent a man from carrying on his lawful pursuits or activities should not be allowed anywhere in the world," said Judge Ralph E. Parker as he glowered across the bench at the four men lined up in his Birmingham courtroom last week. The four were up on misdemeanor charges only eight days after participating in the attack on Negro Singer Nat "King" Cole as he entertained an all-white audience in the Municipal Auditorium (TIME, April 23). As a warning against similar incidents in Birmingham, Judge Parker imposed on each the...

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