Liberal professor Cornel West was one of 19 people arrested on the steps of the
in Washington on Sunday,
to the Associated Press, as part of the
West, a former
professor now teaching at
, took part Sunday in the dedication of the monument to the Rev.
, an event that was delayed from August because of
. He then, according to media reports, moved on to a protest at the home of the high court.
A well-known commentator on civil rights issues, West recently got into a TV spat with presidential candidate
, telling Cain to "get off the symbolic crack pipe."
In Washington, the anti-corporate protest movement is known as Occupy D.C.
Kathy Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court, said Sunday evening that "19 people with Occupy D.C. were arrested at the court this afternoon by Supreme Court police and charged" under federal law. She did not divulge the name of West or any other protester arrested.