...and a sentence to four months in prison. I think they served six days, their case was dismissed, and then they filed a law suit. (Pictured above: Reverend Robert Pierson)
We know that "the group included 35-year-old Reverend Robert L Pierson. After the case against the priests was dismissed on May 21, 1962, they sought damages against the police under the Civil Rights Act of 1871. Their claims were ultimately rejected in the United States Supreme Court case Pierson v. Ray (1967), which held that the police were protected by qualified immunity." And here in 2021, police are protected under qualified immunity, even if they commit acts of murder.
What I know about the priests is rather limited. I can tell you that they came from Roxbury, MA, Cambridge, MA, Boston, MA, Providence, RI, St. Clair, MO, Toledo, OH, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Pewakee, WI, and Cincinnati, OH. And I can tell you that every one of them believed in cross-cultural solidary. But I'd encourage you to read page 219 of Breach of Peace specifically to see Reverend Crocker. Read his recollections. Find out how these activist priests communicated with each other in the dead of night, since blacks and whites were separated even in jail. And see the compatible polarities of character and spirit embodied in his old and recent photos. You just can't feel anything but encouragement and hope knowing people like him populate the bow that is the long arc of justice.
Now, time to put your Nancy Drew hat on -- or Hardy Boys if you prefer. Figure out who is referred to in the quotes that follow. Discover which priest was the son-in-law of Nelson Rockefeller. Read the quotes below, and surf the links that follow to find out.