Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was arrested numerous times for civil disobedience.
(credit: Birmingham Police Department/Public Domain)
1960 - Lunch counter sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina. In Atlanta, King is arrested during a sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. He is sentenced to four months in jail, but after intervention by John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, he is released. - LSU.edu
1962 - During the unsuccessful Albany, Georgia movement, King is arrested on July 27 and jailed.
1963 - On Good Friday, April 12, King is arrested with Ralph Abernathy by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor for demonstrating without a permit.
Subsequently, stores, restaurants, and schools were desegregated, hiring of blacks implemented, and charges dropped.
1965 - Arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration.