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Charges Dropped Against Cornel West, Others

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “We’re like Duke Ellington’s band, everybody’s got a voice in it,” author, professor and activist Cornel West told supporters outside the D.C. Superior Court on Monday. West and 18 others were arrested Sunday afternoon while taking part in a protest of corporate influence in politics, but charges were dropped at their arraignment on Monday.

Upon their release, West and the others were greeted with cheers and the now-familiar chant of “We are the 99 percent!” The Rev. Jesse Jackson walked out with West and offered hugs of support to the crowd.

“It’s important that the press understand that this movement is both leaderless and leader-full,” West told the crowd of protesters and media. “Which is to say, we take very seriously lifting every voice, it’s not just about the one or two or three persons out in front.”

West said the 24-hour incarceration left him with a deeper fortitude to continue fighting justice. The 19 arrested Sunday posed for a group picture and West departed in a black SUV.

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Cornel West Arrested at Supreme Court Protest

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Author, professor and social activist Cornel West was arrested on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. while taking part in a group protest against corporate influence in politics.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said that 19 demonstrators were arrested Sunday afternoon when they refused to leave the grounds of the court. West was reportedly among those arrested.

Prior to joining in the protest on the steps of the Supreme Court, West attended the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

A message was posted to West’s official Twitter account around 6:30 p.m. Sunday assuring followers that West was doing well.

“Thanks ALL for your concern. Dr. West is ok. He’ll share his thoughts from today very soon. Stay tuned! #OccupyDC -- Bro,” the Tweet said.

A photo of West, in which he is seen holding a sign quoting Gandhi reading, “Poverty is the worst form of violence” was posted to his Twitter feed late Sunday night.

In addition to teaching at Princeton University, West has written books including Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and often appears as a pundit on Real Time with Bill Maher.

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