WSB-TV newsfilm clip of mayor Ivan Allen blaming rioting on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Atlanta, Georgia, 1966 October
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip, probably from September 7, 1966, Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen comments on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)'s role in exacerbating civil unrest during an outdoor demonstration. The audio quality of this clip is poor.As Allen begins to speak into a table microphone at a press conference, a reporter inserts a hand-held microphone directly in front of his face. Allen says "No, I'm not placing the blame directly on SNCC, I'm saying that they were there in full force and they agitated the situation that existed there. Blame goes back maybe a couple of hundred years, I don't know that . . . but the SNCC organization obviously was there, I'm informed, and that they precipitated by the use of a sound truck and other known methods of inciting people the incident that happened there yesterday." Allen is presumably speaking of rioting that erupted in Atlanta's Summerhill neighborhood on September 6, 1966.Atlanta's Summerhill riots began as a rally to demonstrate against police brutality in the shooting of a suspected African American car thief, but the unrest also represented a deep dissatisfaction with the city's failure to address ongoing inequities in housing and municipal services for residents of the Summerhill neighborhood. A loudspeaker had been brought to the rally by SNCC staff so that neighborhood residents could voice their personal observations of the shooting; police arrested SNCC staffers when they refused to turn it off. Angered by these arrests, the crowd reacted by throwing bottles and rocks...
Allen, Ivan, 1911-2003