WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to reporters at an outdoor press conference about violence the night before and the civil rights movement's nonviolent response in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 25
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holds an outdoor press conference in Albany, Georgia, on Wednesday, July 25, 1962, and responds to the previous night's violence. A crowd of African American onlookers, angry at the arrest of protesters, had thrown rocks and bottles at police officers. King states that while the movement's leaders teach nonviolence, the Albany City Commission's refusal to negotiate, its suppression of freedom, and the police's attempt to maintain segregation at any cost create an atmosphere conducive to violence. He relates that the city's hard-line stance may cause some African Americans to disregard civil rights leaders' call for nonviolence. King also asserts that some public leaders derived satisfaction from the fact that violence occurred and was started by blacks. Movement leaders declare a day of penance and a one-day moratorium on demonstrations in response to the violence July 24.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 conversion and description of the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection.