Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of mourners honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 40th birthday, Atlanta, Georgia, 1969 January 15
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips from January 15, 1969 in Atlanta, Georgia, mourners honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 40th birthday.The first section of clips is silent. The clips open with a shot of cameramen focusing on Coretta Scott King then zooming in on her sitting at a table with others. The next clip shows the sons of Coretta and Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King. The next scene shows U.S. Representative Julian Bond and Civil Rights activist John Lewis in the crowd. The next shot shows people heading toward Ebenezer Baptist Church. The next clip shows attendees inside the church and then a shot of Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy addressing the congregants.Then next clip is the first with sound and shows Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addressing the attendees. His words are transcribed below:"So we say to the nation today, Martin, let James Earl Ray or whoever was responsible for taking your life, let him live. But you may be assured, Martin, that even though the world did not know who you were until my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth and my right arm shall lose its (unintelligible) and my feet shall get so tired that I cannot run, I will move through the streets of America. I will move through the highways and byways of the nation. Even I will go abroad until the world knows...
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990Robinson, Cleveland L. (Cleveland Lowellyn), 1914-1995Conyers, John, Jr., 1929