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    [Martin Luther King Jr.]. Statement to Judge Eugene Loe, September 5, 1958. Three pages, 8.5" x 14.5" (length varies), Montgomery, September 5, 1958. Two days before issuing this statement to the court, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for "loitering" when he attempted to enter a courtroom at the trial of Edward Davis. Davis was accused of assaulting King's friend and fellow civil rights leader, Ralph Abernathy. King was jailed, but was released on $100 bond and his trial was set for September 5.
    Stepping before Judge Eugene Loe, King was proclaimed guilty, but he maintained his innocence and claimed to be a victim of police brutality (according to King, the arresting officers beat him when they put him in his cell). He informed the judge that in lieu of paying a fine, he would serve his time in jail. He spent a few minutes in jail before the police commissioner of Montgomery paid the fine of $14 to avoid the negative press that would surely follow. Unevenly toned. Staining from being bound by a paperclip on all pages. Page edges are heavily chipped in places.

    With a Request for Funds in California to support the Montgomery Improvement Association by the San Jose Friends of Martin Luther King. One page, 8.5" x 11", n. d. [September 10, 1958]. Following news of MLK's arrest and the "hypocritical action of the Police Commissioner . . . in paying the $14 fine," a group of like-minded individuals "organized an informal emergency committee called 'The Fourteen' . . . to send the equivalent of the fine to the Montgomery Improvement Association which . . . has been struggling courageously to obtain equal citizenship for all Americans as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment." They ask that the recipient of the letter "collect '$14 for the Fourteenth Amendment' . . . from at least fourteen fellow citizens." From the Maude Ballou Civil Rights Papers.

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