Walker v. City of Birmingham
|Walker v. City of Birmingham|
|Court||Supreme Court of the United States|
|Date decided||June 12, 1967|
|Appealed from||Supreme Court of Alabama|
Wyatt Walker (1929 - 2018) was a friend of MLK named in this lawsuit. Walker's request for a protest permit on Easter in 1963 had been denied by the City of Birmingham, Alabama.Walker, MLK, and other protestors defied the anti-protest court injunction and marched anyway.
At their order to show cause court hearing, Walker and others challenged the constitutionality of the court injunction and the city's parade ordinance.Walker loses at the trial and Supreme Court of Alabama.
Walker and MLK contended that because the protest permit denial violated their 1st Amendment rights, they had a right to violate the injunction of the Alabama court.The trial judge argued that the demonstrators hadn't filed a motion to seek to dissolve the injunction against protesting.