WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Charles J. Bloch speaking to an audience about boycotts and race relations in Macon, Georgia, 1962 February

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Charles J. Bloch speaking to an audience about boycotts and race relations in Macon, Georgia, 1962 February

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Charles J. Bloch speaking to an audience about boycotts and race relations in Macon, Georgia, 1962 February
Date:1962 Feb.
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip from Macon, Georgia in February 1962, local attorney Charles J. Bloch speaks to an audience about boycotts and race relations. The clip begins with Charles J. Bloch standing behind a lectern; another white man, possibly Albany Herald editor James Gray, sits behind Bloch. Bloch explains that he first heard the word "boycott" when he was a child. When one boy would get mad at another, he would try to convince other friends that they "ought to have nothing to do with him." Bloch says that he has never liked the idea of boycotts, either as a child or as an adult. He proposes that "good men and good women" should let those who are boycotted know of their support. Audience applause interrupts Bloch's comments for a moment before he continues by saying that the question of race "is purely a political, legal question." Speaking rhetorically, he asks the audience how segregation became "irreligious on May 17, 1954"--the day the United States Supreme Court ruled against segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education court case. The clip ends with the audience again applauding Bloch. On February 9, 1962, four African American ministers sat in the front of the bus in Macon, Georgia and were arrested when they refused to move to the back of the bus. Macon African Americans organized a bus boycott against the Bibb Transit Company beginning February 12 which was nearly one-hundred-percent effective. Groups of white Macon citizens tried to counteract the effects of the boycott by "ride-ins" and buying tokens from bus drivers who sold them door to door. On February 27, 1962 the United States Supreme Court declared all segregation in travel within or between states to be illegal. On March 2 United States district court judge William A. Bootle ruled unconstitutional a number of Georgia laws calling for the separate seating of races on buses. Bootle also restrained the Bibb Transit Company from enforcing segregated travel; the bus boycott ended March 4, 1962. Macon attorney Charles J. Bloch was considered a constitutional authority who wrote in favor of states rights and was asked to testify before the United States Congress on several occasions.

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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:Bloch, Charles J. | Gray, James H., 1915-1986 | Lawyers--Georgia--Macon | Boycotts--Georgia--Macon | Buses--Georgia--Macon | Segregation--Georgia--Macon | Segregation in transportation--Georgia--Macon | Segregationists--Georgia--Macon | Macon (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Macon (Ga.) | Bibb County (Ga.)
Collection:
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:Bloch, Charles J. | 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 2 min.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

Rights and Usage:

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Charles J. Bloch speaking to an audience about boycotts and race relations in Macon, Georgia, 1962 February, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0861, 34:50/36:57, 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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