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Pritchett, Laurie

b. 1926 - d. 2000

Laurie Pritchett, an Army veteran and graduate of the National Academy of the FBI, was the chief of police of Albany, Georgia from 1959 to 1966. When the Albany Movement began in 1961, Pritchett directed the police to enforce the law without violence and arrest those who disrupted the public order. Pritchett’s nonviolent response was seen as an effective strategy to dissolve the nonviolent protest. After thousands, including Dr. King, were arrested, the movement lost its momentum. After leaving Albany, Pritchett served as police chief in High Point, North Carolina, until his retirement in 1975.

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Albany Manifesto

The "Albany Manifesto" declares the Albany Movement to be uncompromisingly opposed to segregation. The manifesto positions the group to continue to exercise its free speech and free assembly rights to protest segregation. Protesters insist upon the speedy resolution of the charges against seven hundred protesters that had been languishing for more than six months.

Albany Manifesto

In support of the Albany Movement, the Albany Manifesto was drafted to make clear what the proponents of the cause sought to resolve.

Letter from Sidney Eisenberger to MLK

Sidney Eisenberger sends a donation and words of encouragement to Dr. King. He praises Dr. King's work, particularly the focus on political involvement. He humorously writes that he hopes that he will one day be so unconscious of color that he will "feel free to regard a negro auto driver with the same venomous hatred I give to white drivers."

Memo from Tom Offenburger to MLK and Others Regarding Article

Tom Offenburger sends Dr. King a copy of a newspaper clipping from the Atlanta Constitution in which the writer Bruce Galphin expresses his sentiments regarding the often violent occurrences at nonviolent protests.

People in Action: Albany Justice

Dr. King discusses numerous injustices in Albany, a pacifist movement to Cuba, and police brutality against Negroes.

Telegram from Wyatt Tee Walker

Walker sends out this telegram to inform its recipients that Dr. King and Rev. Abernathy have been unjustly arrested in Albany, Georgia.