THE SOUTH: Swift Deliverance

With an air of martyrdom, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., determined, soft-spoken Negro leader in the South's struggle for civil rights, submitted to handcuffing in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur last week and was led off to the Reidsville state prison to serve a four-month sentence.

What was he guilty of? The whole performance reeked of red-neck justice. King and some 50 supporters had been arrested the week before by Atlanta police for picketing and sit-in demonstrations at downtown department store lunch counters that refused them service. It was a touchy...

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