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At Issue; Quiet Conflict, Brunswick, GA

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National Educational Television and Radio Center Perlmutter, Alvin H Squier, Robert D Shaw, Lois Stern, Andrew A Hope, Julius Caesar Mercer, Joseph Gibbs, Catherine Lovvern, Bruce Wilkes, J. C Williams, Bill


Episode Number: 51This month At Issue examines the racial attitude of a traditional Southern city, six months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Brunswick, GA., a city of 23,200, has a Negro population numbering 41 percent. Like many other cities and towns in the South, some degree of desegregation has been achieved in Brunswick. The difference in this Georgia city is that the civil rights progress made to date has been conspicuous by its lack of violence. Produced entirely on location, At Issue: Brunswick, GA - The Quiet Conflict, probes the factors responsible for Brunswicks peaceful desegregation methods and considers the prospects for its continuance in the future. Probably, the most important factor cited to date is economics. Tourism and big industry are major livelihoods in Brunswick, and the people are well aware that outbreaks of racial violence would only serve to destroy the tourist trade, and to drive industry from the region. Significant as well have been the efforts of local officials working together with members of the local NAACP Chapter to keep open the lines of communication s between the two races. Notable in this regard is the bi-racial committee now operating in Brunswick, composed of members of the citys white and Negro chambers of commerce. To say that Brunswicks attempts at peaceful desegregation have gone unopposed would be incorrect. The Glynn County Citizens Council, a white citizens group, has fought federal intervention and other civil rights attempts every step of the way. However, most of...
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