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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about the civil rights movement after being arrested during a sit-in at Rich's Department Store, Atlanta, Georgia, 1960 October 19

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@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)

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In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on October 19, 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to a reporter about the civil rights movement after being arrested during a sit-in at Rich's Department Store. The clip begins with King in midst of describing sit-ins as a way to bring attention to segregation and to bring about its eventual end. The reporter mentions four companies, the F.W. Woolworth Company, S.H. Kress & Co., W.T. Grant Company, and McCrory-McLellan Stores Corporation, which voluntarily desegregated lunch counters in over one hundred stores. King points out that none of these lunch counters are in the "Deep South." He asserts the transition to desegregation could be smooth in Atlanta, because of the city's "reasonable climate." King was among the many who were arrested during student-led sit-ins protesting segregated lunch counters on October 19. City officials, business leaders, and civil rights leaders arranged for a month-long truce during which time all sides sought a solution to the charges of segregation and discrimination. When the participants were unable to reach an agreement by Thanksgiving, students resumed demonstrations November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. An agreement reached March 7, 1961 ended demonstrations and reopened segregated lunch counters which were finally desegregated after public schools were also integrated in the fall of 1961.Title supplied by cataloger.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital conversion and...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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