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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African Americans celebrating and demonstrating as they prepare for the Poor People's March on Washington, 1968

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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


In this WSB newsfilm clip dated 1968, Poor People's Campaign participants stop in Atlanta en route to Washington D.C., where protests are scheduled; they eat at Morehouse College, view Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace and grave site, and attend a preliminary rally at the Atlanta Civic Center. Alberta Williams King speaks to an audience in front of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace at 501 Auburn Avenue; Reverend Joseph E. Boone speaks to mourners at King's original burial site at South-View Cemetery; Coretta Scott King addresses a Poor People's Campaign rally at the Atlanta Civic Center; and Gladys Knight and the Pips and Stevie Wonder perform for the rally audience. Some images in the clip repeat.The clip, which is approximately seven minutes long, begins with several shots taken of a march in Atlanta that precedes the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C. Shots of the march are interspersed with a close-up shot of a group of spectators; several people carry a banner that reads "I'm on my way Poor people's march on Washington." Next, a large group of African American people serve themselves food from a series of tables filled with casseroles and prepared foods inside of the Archer Hall gymnasium at Morehouse College. A reporter (off camera) asks an unidentified elderly African American woman from Mississippi how far she is traveling; she tells him that she is going to Washington, D.C., that she will stay there "for a while," then return to Mississippi; she then agrees that she...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia


  1. African American Churches
  2. African American Civic Leaders
  3. African American Civil Rights Workers
  4. African American Clergy
  5. African American Entertainers
  6. African American Musicians
  7. African American Neighborhoods
  8. African Americans
  9. Archer Hall (Morehouse College)
  10. Atlanta
  11. Atlanta (Ga.)
  12. Atlanta Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
  13. Auburn Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)
  14. Audiences
  15. Band Musicians
  16. Bands (Music)
  17. Banners
  18. Bereavement
  19. Birthplace
  20. Birthplaces
  21. Buffets (Cooking)
  22. Bundles Of Personal Belongings
  23. Burial
  24. Camera Operators
  25. Caravans
  26. Casserole Cooking
  27. Church Attendance
  28. Church Buildings
  29. Church Doors
  30. Church Doorways
  31. Church Membership
  32. Citizen Participation
  33. Civic Center (Atlanta, Ga.)
  34. Civil Rights
  35. Civil Rights Demonstrations
  36. Civil Rights Movements
  37. Civil Rights Workers
  38. Crying
  39. Death And Burial
  40. Demonstrations
  41. Diana Ross And The Supremes
  42. Dinners And Dining
  43. Discrimination
  44. Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.)
  45. Economic Assistance, Domestic
  46. Economic Conditions
  47. Elderly Poor
  48. Entertainers
  49. Epitaphs
  50. Food
  51. Georgia
  52. Gladys Knight And The Pips
  53. Government
  54. Grief
  55. Guest, William
  56. Gymnasiums
  57. Handkerchiefs
  58. Historic Buildings
  59. Historical Markers
  60. History
  61. Homes And Haunts
  62. Influence
  63. King, Alberta Williams, 1903 1974
  64. King, Coretta Scott, 1927 2006
  65. King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929 1968
  66. Knight, Gladys, 1944
  67. Knight, Merald
  68. Luggage
  69. Memorial Rites And Ceremonies
  70. Memorial Service
  71. Memorials
  72. Microphone
  73. Monuments
  74. Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
  75. Motorcycles
  76. Motown Record Corporation
  77. Musicians
  78. Older African Americans
  79. Older People
  80. Passersby
  81. Patten, Edward
  82. Performances
  83. Politics And Government
  84. Poor
  85. Poor African Americans
  86. Poor People's Campaign
  87. Poverty
  88. Race Relations
  89. Reporters And Reporting
  90. Rhythm And Blues Musicians
  91. Ross, Diana, 1944
  92. School Buses
  93. Sepulchral Monuments
  94. Services For
  95. Signs And Signboards
  96. Social Conditions
  97. Social Movements
  98. Social Service
  99. Soul Musicians
  100. South View Cemetery (Atlanta, Ga.)
  101. Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  102. Southern States
  103. Spectators
  104. Speeches, Addresses, Etc
  105. Stadiums
  106. Table
  107. Tables
  108. Temptations (Musical Group)
  109. Tour Bus Parking
  110. Tour Buses
  111. Travelers
  112. United States
  113. Washington (D.C.)
  114. We Shall Overcome
  115. Wonder, Stevie

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