Heed Their Rising Voices

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Published in New York Times on March 29, 1960

"Heed Their Rising Voices" is a 1960 newspaper advertisement published in the New York Times. It was published on March 29, 1960 and paid for by the "Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South". The purpose of the advertisement was to attract attention and steer support towards Martin Luther King Jr. A recent felony charge of perjury was leveled against King and could have resulted in a lengthy imprisonment.[1] The headline of the advertisement was drawn from a phrase used in the New York Times editorial, "Amendment XV", published on March 19, 1960.[2][3] The advertisement became the source of a libel suit in the United States Supreme Court case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State of Alabama v. M. L. King, Jr., Nos. 7399 and 9593". The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Stanford University. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Hall, Kermit L.; Patrick, John J. (2006). "Freedom of the Press in a Free Society". The Pursuit of Justice: Supreme Court Decisions that Shaped America. Oxford University Press. pp. 141–149. ISBN 9780195311891.
  3. ^ Amendment XV. New York Times. March 19, 1960. p. 20.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hall, Kermit L.; Urofsky, Melvin I. (2011). New York Times V. Sullivan: Civil Rights, Libel Law, and the Free Press. University Press of Kansas. ISBN 9780700618033.