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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of response to comments made the day before by President John F. Kennedy about the relationship between city officials and civil rights workers by Asa D. Kelley, mayor of Albany, Georgia, 1962 August 2

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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


In this WSB newsfilm clip from Thursday, August 2, 1962, Albany, Georgia mayor Asa D. Kelley, Jr. responds to President John F. Kennedy's comments from the day before [item 35280], agreeing that the Albany City Council should negotiate with local African American leaders. Kelley states that it has always been the city's policy to solve local problems by working with local leaders and not with those who have contempt for local, state, and federal laws and restraining orders. He condemns "outside agitators" including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "and his coterie who jump about the South like so many fleas on a hot griddle and cause racial rashes where none have heretofore existed." Kelley says the commission feels they should not negotiate under any circumstances with outsiders who have announced their intention of "turning the city upside down." As part of their efforts to block "outside agitators," the city obtained an injunction from federal district judge J. Robert Elliott on July 21, 1962, temporarily barring any mass demonstrations in Albany. Chief federal appellate court judge Elbert P. Tuttle reversed the temporary restraining order against demonstrations Tuesday, July 24. Judge Elliott held a hearing regarding the city of Albany's petition against civil rights demonstrations Monday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 8, but no decision was reached at that time.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...

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