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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson speaking to a reporter about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963 May 9

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson speaking to a reporter about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963 May 9
Date:1963 May 9
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip from May 9, 1963, Floyd Patterson, former heavyweight boxing champion, speaks to a reporter about supporting the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. Patterson explains that after learning about the civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, he wanted to do something to support the movement. After learning that his friend, former baseball player Jackie Robinson was going to Birmingham, Patterson decided to join him. Patterson confirms his plans to demonstrate, to be arrested, and to go to jail if necessary, while he is in the city. When asked about the possibility of police turning hoses or dogs on him, Patterson responds that he thinks he is prepared for the prospect of police brutality, but doesn't believe he'll be able to stand by if bitten by a dog; he notes that he admires the strength of Southerners who have managed to passively resist fire hoses and dogs. Patterson and Robinson arrived in Birmingham on May 13, after negotiations ended demonstrations. While in Birmingham, they spoke to a mass meeting of two thousand people in the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, encouraging the audience to not give up in the struggle for civil rights.

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Types:News | Unedited footage | MovingImage
Subjects:Patterson, Floyd | Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 | African American boxers--Alabama--Birmingham | African American civil rights workers--Alabama--Birmingham | Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama--Birmingham | Police brutality--Alabama--Birmingham | Passive resistance--Alabama--Birmingham | Nonviolence--Alabama--Birmingham | Project C, Birmingham, Ala., 1963 | Sixth Avenue Baptist Church (Birmingham, Ala.) | United States, Alabama, Jefferson County, Birmingham, 33.5206608, -86.80249
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 former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson speaking to a reporter about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963 May 9, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0785, 24:16/25:19, 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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