In this WSB newsfilm clip, African American student protesters kneel on the steps of the Albany Carnegie Library and sing the freedom song "Ain't gonna let nobody turn me 'round," as they are arrested by Albany police, Thursday, August 2, 1962. Students had been active in protesting segregation with the Albany Movement since the arrival of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) members Charles Sherrod and Cordell Reagon in August, 1961. While the Albany Movement leaders had repeatedly requested that the Albany City Commissioners begin dialog with them about concerns of the African American community, the commission refused to compromise. After the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) desegregation rule went into effect desegregating bus and train service stations, students began actively testing public facilities, protesting segregation. Albany Police Chief Laurie Pritchett, aware of the negative effects of images of police violence on peaceful protesters, instructed Albany officers to respond nonviolently to protesters. In this segment, officers carry limp demonstrators away from the library steps. In response to desegregation efforts, the Albany Carnegie Library closed in 1962. The desegregated library reopened a year later, but did not have any chairs.
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American student protesters singing as they are arrested by police at the Albany Carnegie Library in Albany, Georgia, 1962 August 2, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0799, 40:23/42:04, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.