WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Hosea Williams speaking about the possibility of violence in the Civil Rights movement, 1966 July
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB clip dated July 1966, several African American leaders respond to questions at what appears to be a press conference, the location of which is unknown. Reverend Hosea Williams, speaking on behalf of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), expresses his opinions on the SCLC's role in mitigating an outbreak of violence during recent demonstrations in Mississippi, on the importance of a strong SCLC presence nationally, on the loss of hope in the efficacy of nonviolent protest, and strategy to regain support for the SCLC and nonviolence.The clip begins in silence. Three African American men are seated in front of a table where a series of microphones are arranged. On the left, Reverend Joseph E. Boone is speaking. Reverend Hosea Williams is in the middle; the man on the right is unidentified. This is followed by a shot of an audience of young, mostly white people, then by a shot of Williams speaking emphatically to Boone. The camera then focuses in on the small table of microphones, and on a camera operator looking through a television camera. The next shot opens with sound. Here, Hosea Williams says "if it hadn't have been for SCLC, I'm certain that the march in Mississippi would have finally ventured into a shooting war." When asked "why" by a reporter, Williams responds "Because there are forces that do not feel about nonviolence--the power of nonviolence--like SCLC," presumably referring to civil rights organizations such as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of...