WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about recent race riots in New York State as well as the 1964 presidential election, New York, New York, 1964 July 27
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from July 27, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks about recent race riots in New York City and Rochester, New York and comments on the role of race relations in the 1964 presidential election. Dr. King, sitting at a desk with microphones in front of him, answers questions by an off-screen reporter indicating that New York City mayor Robert F. Warner reached him July 24 while he was in Mississippi to ask him to come to New York to try and help curb racial tensions in the city. Commenting on reports of "strong subversive and communist elements identified" in rioting in the neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, King suggests that while Communist groups may take advantage of African American discontent, he believes the rioting in New York is a result of a white, off-duty policeman shooting an African American boy. On July 10 an off-duty policeman shot and killed an African American young man he said was carrying a knife. The killing sparked rioting in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant.Another reporter asks King if continued civil rights demonstrations will hurt president Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign for reelection. King recognizes that violent demonstrations do more to help Republican candidate senator Barry M. Goldwater, who he accuses of capitalizing "on the so-called white backlash whether he admits it publicly or not." He calls upon demonstrations before the election to be "well-disciplined and dignified." After a July 30 meeting with leaders from several prominent civil rights organizations including the...