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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Jesse Jackson talking about the civil rights movement's change in tactics, West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, 1973 March 4

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


Reporter: Elder, Walt.In this WSB newsfilm clip dated March 4, 1973, Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks to a group of Atlanta reporters about building coalitions amongst national civil rights groups to represent the needs of poor people; reuniting with Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy after having left the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); the proposed elimination of social services on the part of the Nixon administration; the negotiating power of African American consumers; and about the civil rights movement's focus on securing economic equity for African Americans.The clip is divided into three segments. The first segment of the clip, just under one minute long, begins with Reverend Jesse Jackson, president of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), standing amongst a group of reporters in front of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, president of SCLC, is pastor. Speaking into several microphones that reporters have held in front of him, Jackson says "I think that we have no choice but to act . . . if we do act, there is no guarantee that we will win, but if we don't act, there is a guarantee that we will lose. I think that we have always been able to organize around programs and around oppression rather than just organize around organizations. In other words, there is no real purpose served for a group of organizations just to sit in a room and talk about what they ought to do. But if there's a dire need, such...
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