WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a bus boycott in Albany, Georgia, and a civil rights demonstration against proposed legislation at the Georgia Capitol Building in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this silent WSB newsfilm clip from January and February, 1962, sparsely populated Cities Transit buses travel around Albany, Georgia; at the state capitol building in Atlanta, students protest a Senate bill prohibiting picketing on state property.The clip begins with Cities Transit buses in Albany, seen first on a major road and then in a residential area; the buses have very few passengers. Downtown, a bus traveling the Pine Street Stadium route stops, but no passengers board or exit the bus. The Albany Movement initiated a bus boycott movement after the January 12, 1962 arrest of Albany State College student Ola Mae Quarterman, called by some the "Rosa Parks of Albany." The boycott's success brought Albany bus services to a halt, beginning with short interruptions in February 1962, and followed by a much longer cessation of service that spanned from March 6, 1962 through 1964.Next, a group of approximately seventy students, primarily African Americans, march to the state capitol building in Atlanta on Monday, February 12, 1962 to protest Senate bill 278, which would prohibit picketing on state property. The students approach the capitol from Hunter Street (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive), where they march past what is probably Silver Leaf Baptist Church, and cross an overpass. A picket sign carried by one of the students reads: "Senate bill 278 is unconstitutional. C.O.A.F.H.R." The Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAFHR), created by students at the Atlanta University Center in 1960, directed several anti-segregation protests in Atlanta. In the...