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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asking that president John F. Kennedy issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal, 1961 June

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Creator:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asking that president John F. Kennedy issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal, 1961 June
Date:1961 June
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip possibly from June 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calls upon president John F. Kennedy to issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal. King asserts that the time has come for the president to issue an executive order against segregation. He declares that the United States' world position demands an end to segregation.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the first emancipation proclamation which ended slavery in Southern states on January 1, 1863. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proposed on several occasions that president John F. Kennedy should issue an executive order which he referred to as a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" which would end segregation in the nation; King hoped such an order would be announced before the centennial of the first emancipation proclamation. King felt that the United States limited its influence as a world power by continuing to keep a large percentage of its population as second-class citizens. He prepared supporting documentation which he later presented to president Kennedy, although the president declined to issue such an order. Kennedy did announce and propose civil rights legislation ending segregation in public accommodations, government, housing, and employment in June 1963 after the University of Alabama integration. The legislation became the 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by president Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.

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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.

Types:News | Unedited footage | MovingImage
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | African Americans--Civil rights | Segregation--United States | Civil rights movements--United States | United States, 37.09024, -95.712891
Collection:WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Original Material:

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection

Rights and Usage:

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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asking that president John F. Kennedy issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation" declaring segregation illegal, 1961 June, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0743, 50:28/50:54, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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