WSB-TV newsfilm clip of governor Jimmy Carter commenting on recent racial unrest in Columbus, Georgia, 1971 June 24
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from June 24, 1971, Georgia governor Jimmy Carter addresses a news conference, where he updates reporters on conditions in Columbus, Georgia, recently impacted by rioting; and several injured African American men demonstrate to the camera that they have been wounded.The clip is divided into two parts. The first part begins at a press conference, where Governor Carter speaks to reporters from a series of microphones arranged at his desk. Carter announces that he has spoken to Colonel Ray Pope, director of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, who has appraised him of the situation in Columbus. He has been informed that nine fires broke out the previous night in Columbus; he notes that this number "sounds bad, but it's quite a reduction over previous nights." Pope has indicated to him that "the situation is obviously calming down," that talks have finally begun between "dissident groups" and Columbus community representatives, and that he "has every expectation that the major problem has finally been alleviated."The second part of the clip is silent. Here, three young unidentified African American men have gathered in front of the camera, presumably to demonstrate that they have been injured. One man, on the left, has a bandaged head. Another man, on the right, is prompted to turn around by a pair of hands belonging to someone off-camera. He also appears to have a head wound. It is unclear if the man at the center of the shot has sustained any injuries.During the...
Carter, Jimmy, 1924