WSB-TV newsfilm clip of three Alabama newspaper editors, including Alabama Press Association president Herve Charest, speaking to reporters following a meeting with president John F. Kennedy in Washington, D.C., 1963 May 14
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from Washington, D.C. on May 14, 1963, three white newspaper editors from Alabama speak to reporters following a meeting with president John F. Kennedy. The men from left to right are: possibly Ernest Mason "Sparky" Howell from Foley and publisher of the Onlooker; Herve Charest of the Tallassee Tribune and president of the Alabama Press Association; and Bob Bryan of the Cullman Times. The three men stand outdoors in front of several microphones. Charest, standing in the middle, recognizes that while he may disagree with president Kennedy in some things, the president is "sincere in wanting to preserve the peace on all fronts." He echoes the president's comment that race relations are a problem throughout the United States, and not only in Birmingham or in Alabama. Charest pledges to support the president and "to try and solve this situation." On May 14, 1963 president John F. Kennedy met with twenty-six newspaper editors from Alabama. Although Birmingham, Alabama had experienced racial demonstrations and rioting for several weeks, the meeting had been scheduled before the city's racial turmoil began, as part of a series of meetings Kennedy conducted with newspaper editors from various states.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.