WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaving the Georgia State Prison in the company of Donald Hollowell, Ralph D. Abernathy, and Wyatt T. Walker, Reidsville, Georgia, 1960 October 27

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaving the Georgia State Prison in the company of Donald Hollowell, Ralph D. Abernathy, and Wyatt T. Walker, Reidsville, Georgia, 1960 October 27

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaving the Georgia State Prison in the company of Donald Hollowell, Ralph D. Abernathy, and Wyatt T. Walker, Reidsville, Georgia, 1960 October 27
Date:1960 Oct. 27
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip from Reidsville, Tattnall County, Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King leaves the Georgia State Prison in the company of Donald Hollowell, his lawyer, and Reverends Ralph D. Abernathy and Wyatt T. Walker on October 27, 1960. The clip begins with King, Hollowell, Abernathy and Walker walking away from the prison building and through the surrounding fencing; Rev. Abernathy appears to carry a bag. A white reporter stops the four men and asks King to comment on the influence of senator John F. Kennedy, presidential candidate, and his family on King's release. While King reports that he does not know the details leading to his release, he is grateful for Kennedy's concern and assistance which he attributes to Kennedy's "real concern and his humanitarian bent" rather than to the candidate's desire for political gain. On October 19, 1960 Dr. King was arrested at Rich's department store in Atlanta, Georgia during a sit-in demonstration. City officials and civil rights leaders reached a demonstration-ending compromise on October 22 in which the city agreed to seek the release of jailed protesters; King and others arrested in DeKalb County were not released. County officials also chose to reopen a case against King from earlier in 1960 when King was arrested for driving without a Georgia driver's license. Although his sentence was suspended pending good behavior, county officials alleged the sit-in arrest was a violation of King's probation, reinstated the former sentence, and transferred King to Reidsville early the morning of October 26. At the urging of campaign staff members, presidential candidate, senator John F. Kennedy called Coretta Scott King, King's wife, after the arrest. On October 28, DeKalb County judge Oscar Mitchell agreed to release King on two thousand dollar bond during the appeal of the original sentence; Mitchell indicated Robert Kennedy, senator Kennedy's brother and campaign manager, was among those who sought to intervene.

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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:Moving images | News | Unedited footage
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Arrest | Hollowell, Donald | Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990 | Walker, Wyatt Tee | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | African American civil rights workers--Georgia | Civil rights workers--Georgia | African American lawyers--Georgia--Atlanta | Lawyers--Georgia--Atlanta | Reporters and reporting--Georgia--Reidsville | Interviews--Georgia--Reidsville | Legislators--United States | Political candidates--United States | Presidents--United States--Election--1960 | Georgia State Prison | Reidsville (Ga.) | Tattnall County (Ga.)
Collection:
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Digital Library of Georgia | Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection | Civil Rights Digital Library Collection (Digital Library of Georgia)
Online Publisher:Athens, Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries | 2007
Original Material:

1 clip (about 1 min.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaving the Georgia State Prison in the company of Donald Hollowell, Ralph D. Abernathy, and Wyatt T. Walker, Reidsville, Georgia, 1960 October 27, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0767, 28:41/29:40, 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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