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This Day in Georgia History

July 27, 1962

MLK Arrested in Albany

For more on the Albany Movement, see the Civil Rights Digital Library.

After two weeks of trying to meet with the Albany city council, Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and 8 others kneeled to pray on the steps of the city hall. King and Abernathy were arrested and sent to jail for the third time. Eighteen black youths were arrested two hours later when they attempt to pray, while a white SNCC worker was viciously beaten inside the jail.