In this WSB newsfilm clip from September 11, 1971, Coretta Scott King speaks about nonviolent social change at a meeting held at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The clip is divided into two segments. The first segments begins with King sitting in front of a cinderblock wall. King indicates that she is representing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. She explains that the King Center focuses on nonviolent social change and presents it as the theme for the meeting. In the second segment of the clip, white and African American men sit in folding chairs. King sits behind a table with an African American man and a white man. King appears to speak but the segment is silent and her comments are not recorded.
Coretta Scott King, an Alabama native, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met in Boston, Massachusetts where she was studying music and he was working on an advanced degree. The two married in 1953 and afterwards moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where Dr. King was pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. The family moved to Atlanta in 1960 when Dr. King became co-pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church where his father served. During the 1950s and the 1960s, King's primary role was as a stay-at-home mother of their four children. After Dr. King's assassination on April 4,1968, King took a more active role in the public side of the Civil Rights movement. She founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, fought apartheid, and worked to have a national holiday established to honor Dr. King.
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The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital conversion and description of the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection.
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Coretta Scott King speaking about nonviolent social change at a meeting held at Fort Benning, Georgia, 1971 September 11, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1967, 49:15/49:39, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.