In this WALB newsfilm clip from July 28, 1962, several African Americans are arrested for picketing in downtown Albany, Georgia. As the clip begins, at least two men and one woman exit a car which is parked beside the sidewalk; they begin to carry picket signs as they walk in the Albany commercial district. Slogans on the signs include, "Oh, Pritchett, open them cells," "Legal to picket in Albany? Police say no," "Freedom of assembly?" and "Revive first amendment in Albany." Later, Edward C. Dickerson, a white Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member from Cambridge, Massachusetts, holds a sign with the saying, "No civil liberties, no civil rights." An African American woman holds a sign with the saying, "1100 arrested in peaceful demonstrations;" the number on top of the sign appears to have been changed, possibly to reflect an increase. Next, Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett speaks to the demonstrators as they are surrounded by officers and reporters. Pritchett informs them that he will only allow two picketers along the block in front of city hall and will arrest everyone unless the others leave. A reporter off-screen narrates the events, explaining that demonstrators continue their march without making changes, despite Pritchett's orders. He then reports the protesters' arrest for not leaving as Pritchett ordered. According to the reporter, there are seven picketers; three are young African Americans, three are African American adults and one is a white man. Protesters in the Albany Movement who picketed were often arrested for charges such as, including failure to obey an officer, disorderly conduct, blocking the sidewalk, and obstructing traffic.
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Cite as: WALB newsfilm clip of African Americans arrested for picketing in downtown Albany, Georgia, 1962 July 28, 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.