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|Creator:||WALB (Television station : Albany, Ga.)|
|Creator:||Kelley, Asa D., 1922-1997|
|Title:||WALB newsfilm clip of Asa D. Kelley explaining reason for obtaining a federal injunction against civil rights demonstrators in Albany, Georgia, 1961 July 21|
|Date:||1961 July 21|
In this WALB newsfilm clip from July 21, 1961, Albany, Georgia mayor Asa D. Kelley speaks at a press conference held in his office where he asserts that the city's intent in obtaining a temporary federal injunction prohibiting civil rights movement leaders from leading demonstrations is to provide law-abiding citizens with additional protection against racial conflicts. Kelley emphasizes that the federal marshals present in Albany are only there to serve the temporary injunction to those named in the suit; the marshals will not affect the city's ability to enforce its own laws or the laws of the state. He repeatedly stresses that the restraining order will provide equal protection to law-abiding citizens of all races. The city views the court order as "another weapon to use against outside agitators" and a way to fulfill their responsibility to protect citizens from mob violence and preserve peace; he cites a similar suit that took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which the city obtained a permanent injunction against the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to halt racial agitation. He says the African American leadership bears the burden of the injunction, and that they must decide if they will ignore a lawful order of the United States district court in the same way they have disdained Albany city ordinances. Kelley ends by reading from the injunction, which says that the local and national leaders of the Albany Movement "threaten to continue and intensify their acts of mass picketing, demonstration, parades, boycotts, and riotous conduct which threatens the good order, public peace, and tranquility of the city of Albany and that said acts are in violation of Georgia laws." United States district court judge J. Robert Elliott signed the temporary injunction against the civil rights leaders in Albany on July 21, and scheduled a hearing for July 30 to consider making the order permanent. Chief federal appellate court judge Elbert P. Tuttle reversed the temporary restraining order against demonstrations on Tuesday, July 24, until the time that Judge Elliott could hold a hearing regarding the petition.
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|Types:||News | Unedited footage | MovingImage|
|Subjects:||Elliott, J. Robert, 1910- | Kelley, Asa D., 1922-1997 | Tuttle, Elbert P. (Elbert Parr), 1897-1996 | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | Boycotts--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | Injunctions--Georgia--Albany | Interviews--Georgia--Albany | Mayors--Georgia--Albany | Parades--Georgia--Albany | Passive resistance--Georgia--Albany | Picketing--Georgia--Albany | Press conferences--Georgia--Albany | Restraining orders--Georgia--Albany | Segregation--Georgia--Albany | Courts--United States--Officials and employees | Equality before the law--United States | Injunctions--Louisiana--Baton Rouge | Mobs--Georgia--Albany | Albany (Ga.)--Politics and government--History--20th century | Albany (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Baton Rouge (La.)--Race relations | Albany (Ga.). Board of Commissioners | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | Congress of Racial Equality | United States. District Court (Georgia : Southern District) | United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, 31.5785074, -84.155741|
|Institution:||Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection|
|Contributors:||Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection|
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Cite as: WALB newsfilm clip of Asa D. Kelley explaining reason for obtaining a federal injunction against civil rights demonstrators in Albany, Georgia , 1961 July 21, Albany Movement compilation, WALB News Film collection, Albany Movement Compilation Roll 1 [Tape 1], Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga., as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.
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