WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver speaking to reporters about the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia from a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962 July 30

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver speaking to reporters about the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia from a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962 July 30

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver speaking to reporters about the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia from a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962 July 30
Date:1962 July 30
Description:

In this WSB newsfilm clip, Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver answers reporters' questions about the Albany Civil Rights movement at a press conference held on Monday, July 30, 1962. As governor from 1959 through 1963, Vandiver opposed public school integration with the campaign motto "no not one." In response to questions in the press conference, Governor Vandiver asserts that former governor Marvin Griffin demonstrated his financial ignorance by imposing an $80 million tax increase for state operations. Vandiver then condemns civil rights demonstrators as "instigators" and criticizes the nonviolent movement for disregarding the law. To illustrate his position, he states that comments made the day before on "Meet the Press" by Dr. William G. Anderson, president of the Albany Movement, show the movement is looking to incite unrest and violence. Vandiver affirms that local authorities and the seventy-to-seventy-five state troopers in Albany are keeping the peace. If there is violence, he will send in the Georgia National Guard to remove the agitators from the area. His comment in response to a question about New York governor Nelson Rockefeller's request for federal intervention in Albany is not recorded; Vandiver does confirm that there have been no inquiries from Washington regarding the situation. When asked, Vandiver implies that no federal or state intervention will be needed because the Albany Movement is losing its influence; only three people participated in Sunday's demonstrations. After intermittent protests since November, 1961, the Albany Movement announced on August 16 that they would no longer organize demonstrations and would instead focus on voter registration efforts. Vandiver concludes that people in Georgia and the nation are growing "sick and tired" of Dr. Martin Luther King, whom he considers to be a self-aggrandizer, troublemaker, and opportunist who is exploiting the situation in Albany for his own personal gain and political capital. Political leaders, both within Georgia as well as around the nation, viewed civil rights activists, especially King, as "outside agitators" who provoked violence and encouraged disorder and "subversive activities." On the other hand, movement activists defined their activities as "passive resistance" and worked in communities with strong local support.

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Types:Moving images | News | Unedited footage
Subjects:Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918- | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Griffin, Marvin, 1907-1982 | Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 | Anderson, William G., 1927- | Kelley, Asa D., 1922-1997 | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Albany | Nonviolence--Georgia--Albany | Passive resistance--Georgia--Albany | Press conferences--Georgia | Race relations | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany | Segregation--Georgia--Albany | Subversive activities--Georgia--Albany | Police, State--Georgia | Political crimes and offenses--Georgia | Intervention (Federal government)--Georgia | Governors--Georgia | Governors--New York | Meet the press (Television program) | Albany (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Albany (Ga.)--Politics and government--History--20th century | Georgia--Politics and government--History--20th century | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | Georgia. National Guard | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.) | Albany (Ga.) | Dougherty County (Ga.)
Collection:
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918- | 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.

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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver speaking to reporters about the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia from a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 1962 July 30, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0946, 51:01/59:48, 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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