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Three Children Of Martin Luther King Jr. Arrested At Demonstration

January 8, 1986 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) _ Two weeks before the first national holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., three of his children were arrested at an anti-apartheid protest.

King’s children and state Sen. Julian Bond were among 10 people arrested Tuesday night at the demonstration at a Winn-Dixie supermarket on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They were charged with criminal trespassing after refusing a police request to leave.

The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests against the supermarket chain by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which King founded. The civil rights organization contends Winn-Dixie supports apartheid by buying products from South Africa.

Atlanta police spokesman Kevin Forier identified those arrested as Martin Luther King III, Yolanda King, Bernice King, all children of the late civil rights leader; state Sens. Bond, Arthur Langford and David Scott; Ralph David Abernathy III, Vernon King, Angela Farris and Alice Eason.

Ms. Farris and Vernon King are King’s niece and nephew, and Abernathy is the son of former SCLC President Ralph David Abernathy Jr., said Michelle Alexander, SCLC spokeswoman.

Also marching outside the store were SCLC President Joseph Lowery and Walt Bellamy, a former pro basketball player.

E.H. Lyons at the city jail said that Bernice King, Angela Farris and Alice Eason were the only ones of the 10 still in jail early today. The others posted $550 bond.

Martin Luther King’s birthday Jan. 15 is marked on the third Monday in January. This year, that is Jan. 20.