Civil Rights: Victory in Jail

In the third week of his drive to register Negro voters in Selma, Ala., and environs, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. deliberately set out to get himself and his followers arrested. He succeedd spectacularly, spending four days in jail himself and getting nearly 3,500 others booked by Alabama's remarkably stupid law enforcement officials, who fell hook, line and sinker for his bait. Toward week's end, King was accurately able to state in a national fund-raising "Letter from a Selma, Ala., Jail" newspaper advertisement that "there are more Negroes in jail with me than...

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