WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Mayor Julian R. Stinson speaking to a reporter about recent civil rights demonstrations in Danville, Virginia, 1963 July 13
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from Danville, Virginia, on July 13, 1963, Mayor Julian R. Stinson speaks to an unidentified reporter about recent civil rights demonstrations in the community.The clip begins with an off-screen reporter asking Mayor Stinson about allegations of police brutality at a civil rights demonstration in June. Mayor Stinson, claiming to be "completely truthful" indicates that the many Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have not found evidence of police brutality. He somewhat critically reports that the FBI agents were only assigned to Danville for the benefit of local African Americans. The camera pulls back and shows the reporter, seen from behind, interviewing mayor Stinson who is sitting at a desk in front of the city seal. Asked about the possibility of a biracial committee appointed in the city, Mayor Stinson suggests that it would not be helpful to create such a committee. He claims that the city has done "the things that we should be expected to do." The clip breaks and he emphasizes that local businesses including restaurants and hotels are free to integrate their facilities, but that the city will support their decision either way.Civil rights demonstrations in Danville, Virginia, a community of nearly fifty thousand with a third of the population African American, began on May 31, 1963. Local African American civil rights leaders had tried negotiating with city officials the year before without success. Although demonstrations were at first peaceful, local judge Archibald M. Aiken issued an injunction banning further racial demonstrations...