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Civil Rights Icon arrested for incest.


James L. Bevel was a major civil rights leader who has aided Martin Luther King Jr. and Louis Farrakhan in the past.

From the Associated Press

According to the indictment, the crime occurred between October 14th of 1992, and October 14th of 1994, when the accuser was 13 to 17 years old.

Virginia has no statute of limitations for felonies.

Bevel appeared briefly yesterday (Friday) in Loudoun County Circuit Court but did not speak.

Bevel has been credited with playing a key role in some of the country’s major civil rights protests.

He organized the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham and was a leader of the Freedom Rides to desegregate public accommodations throughout the South in the early 1960s.

He also was an architect of the March on Washington in 1963 and the Selma-to-Montgomery march in Alabama in 1965. And he helped organize the Million Man March in Washington in 1995.

If convicted of the incest charge, Bevel could face up to 20 years in prison.