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Cornel West arrested after Martin Luther King memorial dedication (video)

After attending the dedication of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Sunday, civil rights activist and Princeton University professor Cornel West, in true King fashion, was arrested while demonstrating on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Cornel West. (Brian Velenchenko)

West, who was protesting against corporate influence over government, was one of 19 people arrested Sunday afternoon after they ignored requests to leave the grounds of the court.

West told his fellow demonstrators in an address Sunday:

We are willing to get arrested or do whatever it takes to say we will not let this day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial to go without somebody going to jail, because Martin King would be right here with us.

Cornel West stands outside the Supreme Court. (Image via Dr. Cornel West on Twitter.)

West is a left-leaning academic and outspoken critic of President Obama.

Watch video of Cornel’s arrest below:


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