In this silent WSB newsfilm clip possibly from November 25, 1960, African American students from the Atlanta University Center leave the campus of Morris Brown College to picket segregated stores in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The clip begins with African American students marching toward an unidentified building on the campus of the Atlanta University Center. A young man in a hat stands outside smoking. One marching student appears to have a bundle under his arm. Students stand around outside the building while others walk into the building. Later an interracial group of students appears to sing as they walk past cars and across a street watched by observers, including an African American woman in an apron who stands in a storefront. A few students hand out picket signs to others; the picket signs have the slogans "Don't buy here," "Wear old clothes with new dignity don't buy here," "Don't buy at Kress," "Christ died for all," and "Don't buy at W.T. Grant." Students lined up along a sidewalk wave to someone or something off camera. The camera also shows the Morris Brown clock tower. The demonstrators march up a sidewalk heading downtown; the streets appear to have a light amount of snow. Many of the signs carried by the students have the slogan "Rich's sells segregation" and "Don't buy at Rich's." Although a variety of civil rights organizations worked to better the situation of African Americans in Atlanta throughout the twentieth century, African American students from the Atlanta University Center became heavily involved in leading protests following the nationally publicized February 1960 student-led sit-ins in Greensville, North Carolina. Atlanta University Center students involved with the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR) worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to organize segregation protests in Atlanta. The two groups organized a "Fall Campaign" beginning on October 19, 1960; on October 22, African American leaders agreed to a month-long truce in which city officials, business owners, and African Americans worked toward a compromise. When no agreement was reached by November 25, African American students joined by white students from Emory University and Agnes Scott College resumed demonstrations and flooded downtown stores including Rich's, Woolworth's, and McCrory's.
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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.
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American students from the Atlanta University Center picketing segregated downtown stores in Atlanta, Georgia, 1960 November 25, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0970, 58:29/01:00:29, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.