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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about ongoing discrimination and the benefits of nonviolence, Atlanta, Georgia, 1965 November 10

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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


In this WSB newsfilm clip from November 10, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech before the Atlanta Press Club, where he addresses racism in the Southern justice system, tokenism in desegregation practices, and affirms his conviction in nonviolent direct action. The audio quality of the clip is poor.The clip is divided into two segments. The first segment of the clip begins with King addressing the audience (off-camera) at an Atlanta Press Club meeting. He states that recent events in Lowndes County, Alabama, "suggest that the whole structure of Southern justice is contaminated with racism and corrupted by color consciousness," a reference to the recent acquittal of Klansman Collie Leroy Wilkins, the accused killer of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, by an all-white jury in Hayneville, Alabama. King suggests that the system needs "drastic alteration."After a jump in the clip, King proposes the adoption of a "Selma-Montgomery-type" model of nonviolent direct action in order to "arouse the conscience of the nation," noting that he and others are prepared to initiate this activity. He states that he is still convinced that nonviolent direct action protest is the best way to "improve the inadequacies existing in the American social system" and notes that nonviolent resistance wears down on the opponent of such tactics because it "exposes his moral defenses, weakens his morale, and at the same time, it works on his conscience." He further endorses nonviolent resistance by adding that "it also makes it possible for the individual to struggle...
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
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