WSB-TV newsfilm clip of NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins speaking to reporters at a press conference before the NAACP annual convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962 July 1
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionReporter: Morris, Aubrey R..In this WSB newsfilm clip from a press conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1, 1962, Roy Wilkins, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), speaks to reporters before the beginning of the organization's national convention. Audio for the clip is inconsistent; comments may not be completely recorded. The clip begins with Roy Wilkins speaking to reporters, possibly from a conference room at the Hilton Inn; only part of his initial comments is recorded. While the Kennedy presidential administration has not passed any civil rights legislation, Wilkins believes they have "created a friendly climate for civil rights." As evidence of the administration's support, Wilkins cites the encouragement of voter registration, the protection of Freedom Riders, and the president's personal attitude of concern. Wilkins also specifically mentions that president John F. Kennedy believes in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision; in contrast, Wilkins states that Kennedy's predecessor Dwight D. Eisenhower refused to endorse or comment publicly on the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education. Wilkins makes a comment about a luncheon for NAACP "life members" that is not completely recorded. When asked about segregation in downtown eating facilities, Wilkins points out over one thousand five hundred delegates are attending the convention, and they will eat anywhere they can. Wilkins imagines some may try to eat at segregated restaurants in Atlanta, but does not believe sit-ins or other demonstrations will be the convention's focus. The...