@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
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DescriptionImage of Martin Luther King Jr. (second from right) and Ralph Abernathy (third from right) praying during their arrest in Albany, Georgia on July 27, 1962, during the Albany Movement. Several unidentified demonstrators stand next to King and Abernathy. Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett is seen on the far left. Pritchett led the arrest of demonstrators holding a kneel-in outside the Albany City Hall protesting segregation. The Albany Movement was a collaborative effort by such civil rights groups as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to desegregate the city of Albany during 1961 and 1962.