In this WSB newsfilm clip, Dr. William G. Anderson, president of the Albany Movement and local osteopath, in an interview on August 4, 1962, suggests that some Albany city officials are willing "to destroy the city" in their defense of segregation.
As the clip begins, Anderson speaks of his confidence that Albany voters will not reelect city officials who put segregation above the well-being of the community. Anderson is speaking in part of the Albany City Commissioners' longstanding refusal to discuss the requests of Albany's black citizens or to authorize bi-racial discussions. Local business leaders, adversely effected by Albany Movement-led boycotts, had encouraged the City Commission to work with African Americans but were unsuccessful, until, August 4, when the City Commission issued a public statement agreeing to talk with local African Americans. However, they indicated that they would speak only to those who had not been arrested in protests, which ruled out most of those active in the Albany Movement. When a group of African Americans who had not been arrested in protests appeared at the next commission meeting, August 15, they are told that the commission could not act or respond because of ongoing litigation.
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip with Dr. William G. Anderson, Albany Movement president, discussing the relationship between the Albany City Commission and local citizens in Albany, Georgia, 1962 August 4, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0724, 13:04/13:46, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.