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This Day in Georgia History

October 26, 1960

MLK Jailed

Martin Luther King Jr. was taken to the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville in the middle of the night. Reportedly, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy contacted Georgia Gov. Ernest Vandiver to urge his intervention to secure King’s release. Because of the Kennedy brothers’ efforts on behalf of his son, Martin Luther King Sr. and many southern blacks who were traditionally Republican switched their support to the Democratic Party in the 1960 presidential election.