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|Creator:||King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968|
|Creator:||WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)|
|Title:||WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstration protesting the Georgia legislature's refusal to seat Julian Bond, Atlanta, Georgia, 1966 January 14|
|Date:||1966 Jan. 14|
In this WSB newsfilm clip from a march held in Atlanta, Georgia on January 14, 1966, marchers protest the Georgia legislature's refusal to allow Julian Bond to serve in the legislature, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to the demonstrators. The clip begins with a silent portion where the crowd of demonstrators helps a car back through the group and then walks behind the car. People line the sidewalk and step over handbills on the ground. Georgia state troopers wearing helmets line the capitol steps; demonstrators cheer, talk, and walk past the troopers. Some of the demonstrators hold signs with the slogans "Dissent is not treason" and "Freedom of speech was lynched here Monday." A man hands out papers to the passing crowd in front of the capitol building. In an audio section of the clip, the crowd cheers and chants as they march past troopers on the capitol steps, and an African American man speaks to the troopers, but his comments are not recorded. At a podium in front of the crowd, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaims the demonstrators' support for Julian Bond. He continues after a break in the clip by affirming that African Americans supporting Bond and working for civil rights love the United States. The love of America, King declares, leads demonstrators to work, suffer, and even die in order to right the wrongs in the country, including to help seat Julian Bond in the Georgia legislature. The crowd cheers in response to King's comments and sings freedom songs. Demonstrators passing troopers lined up on the steps of the capitol cheer and hold a sign with the slogan "Seat 136th," referring to the district which elected Julian Bond. King speaks again but his comments are not completely recorded. A young woman holds a sign with the slogan "Justice died in the House of Representatives;" the sign shows an empty chair. The clip ends with the crowd marching, cheering in front of the state troopers, and stepping over leaflets on the ground. Julian Bond, SNCC communications director, was elected to the 136th district of the Georgia legislature in November 1965, one of ten African Americans elected to the legislature that year. After publicly endorsing the SNCC anti-Vietnam statement stating respect for those who burned their draft cards, members of the House of Representatives voted one hundred eighty-four to twelve to not allow Bond to serve in the House on January 10, the first day of the legislative session. Later that year the United States Supreme Court ruled that Bond's statement was within his first amendment rights, and the Georgia legislature had to seat him. Bond served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965 to 1975.
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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:||News | Unedited footage | MovingImage|
|Subjects:||King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Bond, Julian, 1940- | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Atlanta | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Atlanta | Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Atlanta | Protest marches--Georgia--Atlanta | Police, State--Georgia | Legislators--Georgia | African Americans--Politics and government | Picketing--Georgia--Atlanta | Signs and signboards--Georgia--Atlanta | Georgia. General Assembly | Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.7489954, -84.3879824|
|Collection:||WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection|
|Institution:||Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection|
|Contributors:||Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection|
Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstration protesting the Georgia legislature's refusal to seat Julian Bond, Atlanta, Georgia, 1966 January 14, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1346, 15:13/18:28, 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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|Persistent Link to Item:||http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/crdl/id:ugabma_wsbn_49973|
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