WSB-TV newsfilm clip of students singing freedom songs and Christmas carols in front of the home of Ivan Allen, Junior, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1963 December 23
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this silent WSB newsfilm clip African American and white college students involved in the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta, Georgia carol in front of the home of mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. The clip begins with an interracial group of students, seen from behind, facing the Allen home and holding a banner. The banner has the slogan "Black is not a vice nor is segregation a virtue but Atlanta's image is a fraud." Business and civic leaders in Atlanta promoted the idea that the city was "too busy to hate," a claim civil rights workers, especially students from the historically African American Atlanta University Center and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) disputed. The clip also shows students as they appear to sing, clap their hands, and dance. John Lewis, head of SNCC, is among the students. Students from the Atlanta University Center began concentrated protests of segregation in March 1960 and shortly afterwards formed the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR) to coordinate their efforts. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a national organization based in Atlanta was formed May 1960; COAHR and SNCC often worked together in Atlanta to organize protests and demonstrations. In December 1963 the two groups protests segregation at several Toddle House restaurants in Atlanta. After demonstrators, including a pregnant Lillian Gregory, were arrested in late December, students organized the demonstration seen in the clip.Title supplied by cataloger.