Cornel West one of 19 arrested at Supreme Court

Liberal professor Cornel West was one of 19 people arrested on the steps of the

U.S. Supreme Court

in Washington on Sunday,

to the Associated Press, as part of the

Occupy Wall Street


West, a former

Harvard University

professor now teaching at

Princeton University

, took part Sunday in the dedication of the monument to the Rev.

Martin Luther King Jr.

, an event that was delayed from August because of

Hurricane Irene

. 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

Herman Cain

, 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.


over the weekend led to the arrests of more than 250 people in the United States and worldwide.