WSB-TV newsfilm clip of mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. escorting Coretta Scott King away from Hartsfield International Airport immediately after learning about the death of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 4
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip dated April 4, 1968, Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s personal secretary Dora McDonald accompany Coretta Scott King through an Atlanta airport terminal to an Atlanta city police escort vehicle just moments after Mrs. King has been notified of her husband 's assassination in Memphis, Tennessee; later in the clip, visitors walk up the front steps of the King residence in Atlanta, where the front door is guarded by police officers.The clip, recorded with sound, begins with Coretta Scott King walking through an airport towards an airport terminal. She is accompanied by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal secretary Dora McDonald on her right, and Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. on her left. An African American police officer wearing a red cap follows behind Allen; the officer is carrying a raincoat. They walk past a sign that points toward the airplane terminal, then pass through a set of swinging doors.The clip breaks; in the next shot, the group has moved outdoors where it is evening. There is a persistent loud noise, presumably the sound of airplane engines. McDonald assists Coretta Scott King into the rear passenger-side seat of a white police car, while Allen holds the door. The camera turns toward two unidentified young African American boys, who cry as they are held by an unidentified African American man. McDonald comforts one of the boys by gently cradling the sides of his head. A high-ranking white Atlanta police officer wearing...