WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a civil rights march and resulting arrest; civil rights preachers and local officials speaking at mass meetings; groups of Albany city officials as well as civil rights leaders entering the federal courthouse; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy at a press conference in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this mostly silent WSB newsfilm clip from July 1962, demonstrators leave Shiloh Baptist Church, march through Albany's Harlem neighborhood, and are arrested when they reach downtown; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. William G. Anderson, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett speak at mass meetings at Mt. Zion and Shiloh Baptist Churches; and King and Abernathy speak at a press conference after their July 12 release from jail.The clip is divided into two segments. The first segment, which lasts about nine minutes, begins with silent images of mass meetings at Shiloh Baptist Church led by Wyatt Walker, then the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), interspersed with footage of a march through Harlem led by Albany minister Reverend Robert Alford and SCLC minister Reverend C. K. Steele of Florida. Some of the demonstrators wear black armbands to protest King's and Abernathy's July 10th conviction for "parading without a permit." The protesters are flanked by Albany police as they march through downtown and are eventually arrested. They are led into Freedom Alley, where they sing while they wait.The series of images from the march is followed by silent footage of King speaking at a mass meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church. During the meeting, the Freedom Singers sing. King's remarks are followed by speeches by Dr. William G. Anderson and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. Slater King and an unidentified African American man briefly converse with police chief Laurie Pritchett before he addresses the congregation about the...