Source: AP (8-15-09)
The son of a civil rights leader said that he planned to seek pardons on behalf of his father, who was arrested many times while helping organize the Montgomery bus boycott and protests against segregation in Birmingham, Ala.

Ralph David Abernathy III of Atlanta said Friday that he would apply for the pardons for his father, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, who died in 1990, under a 2006 Alabama law that provided a mechanism for granting them to people arrested in civil rights protests.

Mayor Larry Langford of Birmingham said he would use the law to pardon thousands, including Mr. Abernathy, who was arrested during protests in Birmingham. Mr. Langford acknowledged that some might not want the pardons because they considered their arrests a badge of honor, but the younger Mr. Abernathy said that was not a concern for him.