WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asking that president John F. Kennedy issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal, 1961 June
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WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip possibly from June 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calls upon president John F. Kennedy to issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal. King asserts that the time has come for the president to issue an executive order against segregation. He declares that the United States' world position demands an end to segregation.President Abraham Lincoln issued the first emancipation proclamation which ended slavery in Southern states on January 1, 1863. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proposed on several occasions that president John F. Kennedy should issue an executive order which he referred to as a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" which would end segregation in the nation; King hoped such an order would be announced before the centennial of the first emancipation proclamation. King felt that the United States limited its influence as a world power by continuing to keep a large percentage of its population as second-class citizens. He prepared supporting documentation which he later presented to president Kennedy, although the president declined to issue such an order. Kennedy did announce and propose civil rights legislation ending segregation in public accommodations, government, housing, and employment in June 1963 after the University of Alabama integration. The legislation became the 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by president Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.Title supplied by cataloger.IMLS Grant, 2008.Digibeta Center Cut (4 x 3) downconvert from HDD5 1080/23.98PsF film transfer.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968