WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking of African American civil rights, including voting rights, Augusta, Georgia, 1962 April 2

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking of African American civil rights, including voting rights, Augusta, Georgia, 1962 April 2

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking of African American civil rights, including voting rights, Augusta, Georgia, 1962 April 2
Date:1962 Apr. 2
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip, given in a church in Augusta, Georgia, April 2, 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shares his call for a "Second Emancipation Proclamation," and presents the goal of doubling the number of registered African American voters in the South. King describes his October 1961 request to President John F. Kennedy to issue a "Second Emancipation Proclamation," symbolically freeing African Americans from discrimination and marking the centennial of President Abraham Lincoln's initial declaration. King also addressed the issue of African American voting, saying "one of the most significant steps that the Negro can take at this hour is that short walk to the voting booth." The statement was made in advance of intensified voter registration efforts by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and their work with the Voter Education Project (VEP) with the goal of doubling the number of registered African American voters in the South. King proposed that every Southern church should have a social action committee with the motto of "Every member ... a registered voter." King quips that "even Mr. Roy Harris respects votes." Roy V. Harris, Augusta native and former Speaker of the house in the Georgia House of Representatives, was considered a "master of white-only, rural-dominated politics" and was known to staunchly support segregation. The selections of King's comments end with affirmations that although those in the movement may face violence, jail, death, and slander, ultimately, "we shall overcome." After a period of applause for Dr. King's remarks, reverend C. S. Hamilton, leader of the Civil Rights movement in Augusta, speaks about the plans for the week of the Masters Golf Tournament, including mass meetings celebrating the week and newspaper sales.

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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 | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Harris, Roy Vincent, 1895-1985 | Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 | Hamilton, C. S. (Charles Spencer), 1927-1997 | Civil rights movements--Southern States--History--20th century | Voter registration--Southern States | Segregation--Southern States | Voting--Southern States | African Americans--Civil rights | Direct action | Race relations | Legislators--Georgia | Religion and politics--Southern States | Christians--Political activity | African Americans--Politics and government | Race discrimination--Southern States | Mass meetings--Georgia--Augusta | Golf--Tournaments--Georgia--Augusta | Augusta Movement (Augusta, Ga.) | Southern States--Race relations--History--20th century | Georgia--Politics and government--History--20th century | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | Voter Education Project (Southern Regional Council) | Masters Golf Tournament | Augusta (Ga.) | Richmond County (Ga.)
Collection:
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Hamilton, C. S. (Charles Spencer), 1927-1997 | 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 9 min.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

Rights and Usage:

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking of African American civil rights, including voting rights, Augusta, Georgia, 1962 April 2, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0051, 00:00/09:29, 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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