Amtrak conductor allegedly tried to force NAACP's Sherrilyn Ifill to give up her seat — on MLK Day weekend
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (Moyers & Company)

On Friday evening Sherrilyn Ifill, the director-counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, tweeted about an incident on an Amtrak train she boarded in Washington, D.C. — just two days before the national holiday celebrating the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ifill, being a prominent legal and civil rights activist, decided not to acquiesce to this demand, and the situation escalated. What happened next soon left the conductor struggling to explain her behavior to her aghast supervisor.

After several hours of silence, Amtrak ultimately issued a public apology and promised they were investigating the incident.