WALB newsfilm clip of African Americans singing "Woke up this morning with my mind on freedom" and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about the connections between civil rights and economic justice in Albany, Georgia, 1962
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WALB (Television station : Albany, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WALB newsfilm clip from 1962, a group of African Americans perform "Woke Up this Morning with My Mind on Freedom," and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks about the connection between civil rights and economic justice. The clip begins with a woman leading a group of African American students as they sing, "Woke Up this Morning with My Mind on Freedom." The group appears to be performing on a stage, standing in front of a curtain. Next, King addresses the connections between integration and financial freedom. King, who is standing at a podium in front of the same curtain, asks rhetorically "What does it profit a man to be able to go to the swankiest restaurant in Albany, Georgia, when he doesn't earn enough money to take his wife out to dine?" King continues by questioning the value of integrated lunch counters for those who cannot afford the food, and integrated lodging for those who cannot afford a vacation. In addition to his civil rights work, King was also concerned with economic justice for all Americans, and often spoke about the connections between racism and poverty. Efforts to establish economic justice influenced his work in the Memphis sanitation strike and the planned Poor People's March on Washington that took place after King's death in 1968.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...