Walker v. Birmingham - Significance
Wyatt Tee Walker, et al.
City of Birmingham, Alabama
That the conviction of Walker and seven other African American ministers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on contempt charges stemming from their decision to disregard an injunction prohibiting them from participating in a Birmingham demonstration, should be reversed on grounds that the injunction violated their constitutionally protected rights to free speech and assembly, and was therefore invalid.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Earl McBee, J.M. Breckenridge
Justices for the Court
Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White, John Marshall Harlan II, Tom C. Clark, Hugo Lafayette Black
Earl Warren, William J. Brennan, Jr., Abe Fortas, William O. Douglas
Date of Decision
12 June 1967
Affirmed Alabama Supreme Court decision upholding the contempt convictions of Reverends Walker, King, and six others.
- Howat v. Kansas, 258 U.S. 181 (1922).
- Thomas v. Collins, 323 U.S. 516 (1945).
- Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 394 U.S. 147 (1969).
- Emerson, Thomas I. The System of Freedom of Expression. New York: Random House, 1970.
- New York Times, June 14, 1967.
- Time, June 23, 1967.
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