Martin Luther King, Jr. was first arrested on January 26, 1956 in Montgomery, Ala. during a "Get Tough" rally against the people who boycotted the public transportation system. Throughout his active involvement in the fight for equal rights among all Americans, King was taken into custody 30 times in various states.
In 1960, King was detained in Atlanta, GA and was twice arrested in Albany, Ga. in 1961 and 1962. During a 1963 campaign in Birmingham, Ala., King was apprehended by Police Commissioner Eugene Connor. It was his 13th arrest, which became pivotal in King's struggle against racial discrimination. Following the incident, President John F. Kennedy publicly renounced segregation.
In 1964 and 1965, King was again arrested in St. Augustine, Fla. and Selma, Ala., respectively. In 1968, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn.