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WALB newsfilm clip of police chief Laurie Pritchett speaking about the arrests of kneel-in participants at city hall in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 27

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WALB (Television station : Albany, Ga.)


In this WALB newsfilm clip from July 27, 1962, Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett speaks to reporters from his office regarding the arrest of participants in the Albany City Hall kneel-in led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, and Dr. William G. Anderson shortly after 3:00 that afternoon. Pritchett reports that about ten African Americans, including King, Abernathy, and Anderson, were arrested "for disorderly conduct by creating a general disturbance in the uptown area, congregating on the sidewalk, and failing to obey an officer's command." King and Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); as well as Anderson and Slater King, president and vice president of the Albany Movement respectively; led the kneel-in at city hall with the stated objective of speaking to city commissioners regarding the Albany Movement's concerns. Chief Pritchett informed the gathering that the commission would not be available for discussion before the scheduled meeting on August 7. In response, Abernathy led a prayer for the city, the civil rights movement, and the leaders of both organizations before the police arrested the group. A second kneel-in at city hall later that day, led by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member Charles Jones, resulted in more arrests.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 description of the WALB News Film collection.Title provided by cataloger.
Pritchett, Laurie, 1926-2000
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