WSB-TV newsfilm clip of comments made by Sumter County attorney Warren Fortson, Georgia Governor Carl Sanders, and two other unidentified people regarding recent racial conflicts in Americus, Georgia, 1965 August 4
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from August 4, 1965, Sumter County attorney Warren Fortson, Georgia Governor Carl Sanders, and two unidentified individuals present their opinions regarding recent racial conflicts in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia.The clip begins with Warren Fortson speaking about the possibility of establishing a biracial committee to discuss racial problems in Americus; he states his belief that the community will only be able to reduce racial tension "by sitting down with a committee of white people and a committee of Negroes." Although the creation of a biracial committee was one of the demands of the Sumter County Movement (the local civil rights organization), Americus city officials repeatedly refused to create such a body. In light of the city's failure to cooperate, Fortson eventually organized an independent biracial committee; however, city officials refused to recognize it. After a break in the clip, an unidentified Americus official states that racial problems should be worked out by elected officials and not private citizens; he emphasizes that if the city council does not "represent the sentiment of the people of Sumter County, then the ballot box is the place to solve it." Next, Georgia governor Carl Sanders reports that he has urged the city council to work with local African Americans to "seek a workable solution to this very serious problem." After this, Warren Fortson again speaks to the reporter. He explains that the Sumter County Movement's demand to void the results of the special election held July 20 (in which four...