WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy praying in front of city hall and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Carl Sanders issuing a public press statement from Albany, Georgia, 1962 July
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy prays in front of Albany City Hall and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Carl Sanders issues a public statement to the press from Albany in July 1962. First, Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett gives instructions to the "kneel-in" demonstrators before Abernathy begins praying outside the city hall. He pleads that there be no hate or animosity in the hearts of the city officials or those of the demonstrators. Also seen at the kneel-in are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Slater King, and Dr. William G. Anderson. Next, in a campaign statement from Albany, Carl Sanders describes how he would handle a racially tense situation like Albany's if he were to become governor. He affirms his belief in law, order, and respect, and condemns those who excite public emotion in potentially violent situations. He insists that all citizens are obliged to obey laws whether or not they agree with them. Moreover, he asserts that the courts rather than the streets are the proper place to pursue such legal change. Sanders accuses Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others of using the situation in Albany to further their own personal goals; because of this, Sanders feels that King and others should leave Albany. Sanders avows that he will follow the law and will ensure that others do so as well; he closes by stating that he is unaware of any investigations launched by the Justice Department. A pragmatic segregationist, Sanders was elected governor on his...