VOL 1 NO. 1 SAVANNAH, GEORGIA JULY 12, 1963 PRICE 10 CENTS
Clarke Out; Williams In
Charge Marches Cause “Lost Sleep”
Increase - King
Direct action by the Chatham
County Crusade for Coter.s lias
been stepped up rather than les
sened following the arrest of Ho-
“The arrest is part of a policy
of harrassment of the leadership
of the Savannah Freedom Now
Movement in an attempt to disor
ganize and stop it," said Cru
sade spokesman, “but we will not
Plans have been laid for a
rapid step-up in massive demon-
‘•ure on city officials. Ncprro
stration' in order to increase pres-
leader.s hope to break the situa
tion here by a combination of na
tional attention and reaction, eco
nomic pressure on local business
men, and the eventual force of
these factors on the local political
community and die-hard segrega
KING TO AID
It is hoped that Dr. Martin Lu
ther King will be in town to lend
personal aid to the crusade. His
organization, The Southern Chris
tian Leadership Conference ras |
pledged “financial, moral, and 1
physical support to the Crusade
for Voters." Ben Clarke, Crusade
~ ! HARASSMENT” SAYS CLARK
has stated that “King should oe
here Wednesday night.” (The following is a prepared statement released by the
Last night, the Rev. C. T. Vivian, Chatham County Crusade for Voters following the arrest
ore of King’s top aides, led over; Q f Hosea L. Williams).
a thousand people on a march to j HOSEA L. WILLIAMS, leader of the CHATHAM
city hall. The Rev. Ralph Ab-, BOUNTY CRUSADE FOR VOTERS was taken out of
“ inat J.’,5 easu T ier J ° ,, e ! bed and arbitrarily arrested at 2:00 A. M. this morning.
He is being held on a Good Conduct Warrant swort
out by a woman unknown to us. He is being held on
bail of$25,000. We are informed by our lawyers that
the usual bond for such a warrant is $200.00.
In any case it is extremely unlikely that we will be
able to post bail or obtain his release since Solicitor An-
JAILBIRDS FOR FREEDOM
BOND NOW AT SI 0,000 ON
000D BEHAVIOR WARRANT
2 A. M. KNOCK ON DOOR
TO JAIL CRUSADER LEADER
Loss than eight hours after Ben Clarke's release, inte
gration leader Hosea L. Williams was arrested by Chat
ham County officials.
Williams had just gone to bed at a little after tw<
on Monday morning when he was awakened and takei
into custody by Municipal Court deputies Fred DerBain.
and John Hughes. The basis of the arrest was a “good
conduct warrant” sworn out by Mrs. Inell Lubeck, a white
woman of MO West Broad Street.
Williams was held on $2,500 bond, although the
Crusade has been informed by lawyers that the usual
bond on such a warrant does not exceed $200. Officials
claim that the reason for the high bond is Williams was
■urosted on two previous demonstrations.
While attorneys sought to file bond Tuesday after
noon, three additional warrants are sworn out by Homer
D. Williamson, William Canterbury and Daniel I. Fraw-
ley. ali of whom live near the County Jail, site of many
demonstrations during the past week.
On the basis of these warrants, bond has beer!
raised to$10, 000.
ern Christian Leadership Confer
ence ami Rev. James Bevel, the
man most responsible for cracking
B’rmingham through his organiza
tion of the youth brigades have al
ready spoken before Crusade
TEMPO INCREASES ; drew Ryan has indicated an intention to hold Willliams
‘We will stage demonstrations I long as possible.
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Charge Can’t Sleep
All those who filed complaints stated that the night
demonstrations had caused them to lose sleep, and that
they sought relief. Municipal Court Judge Victor H.
Mulling issued the warrant under a Civil War statute in
the Georgia State Code.
In a statement which integration leaders consider an
open invitation for segregationists to file similar war
rants, Judge Mulling told the Savannah papers “Our law'
guarantees to every citizen in the community the quiet
and peaceful enjoyment of his home and family. Any
substantial violation of this right constitutes a breach of
the peace. Therefore, anyone who feels that his persona 1
or property rights are 'being unduly interferred with may
fesort to the courts to secure their protection.
Judge Mulling did not indicate whether segregation
might conceivably interfer with one’s personal or proper
The “good conduct Warrant” is a new weapon againsi
the civil rights movement. Attorney B. Clarence May-
field said that lie and other lawyers were attempting to
determine a means of counteracting the warran.
“By the way this thing is going, there might be
168,000 of these things (good behavior warrants) before
its over,” Mayfield said.
Youth leader Ben Clarke contacted the Justice D. -
partment, and said Tuesday that the Civil Rights Division,
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