Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in Atlanta, Georgia, 1963 November 22
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips from Atlanta, Georgia on November 22, 1963, an unidentified reporter interviews Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following the assassination of United States president John F. Kennedy. The reporter suggests that Dr. King's support helped President Kennedy get elected and asks King if he regrets that support in light of Kennedy's assassination. King recognizes that some African Americans voted for Kennedy because he called King's wife while King was imprisoned. However, King feels that Kennedy "created a climate of civil rights concern in Washington and in the nation," as evidenced by the civil rights legislation he introduced. The clip breaks, and King is seen sitting in a room in front of a window although the clip does not record what he says at first. When asked about previous attempts on his life, King responds that he has taken a philosophical position to the threat, recognizing "that unmerited suffering is redemptive"; he indicates he would be willing to die if his death brought more freedom to the country. The reporter thanks King and the clip breaks. Next, the reporter asks King how he heard about Kennedy's assassination. King reports that he heard the news while he was on the telephone with a member of his congregation; afterwards, he heard more about it on the television. He relates that the news "was very shocking and upsetting" and that he began thinking about several meetings he had had with the president earlier in the year. Asked about...
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968