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- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
- Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of a civil rights march and resulting arrest; civil rights preachers and local officials speaking at mass meetings; groups of Albany city officials as well as civil rights leaders entering the federal courthouse; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy at a press conference in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July
- WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
- Contributor to Resource:
- Pritchett, Laurie, 1926-2000
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
- Date of Original:
- African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany
Civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany
African American students--Georgia--Albany
Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Albany
African American prisoners--Georgia--Albany
African Americans--Songs and music
African American physicians--Georgia--Albany
African American clergy--Georgia--Albany
African American lawyers--Georgia--Albany
Police brutality--Georgia--Dougherty County
Central business districts--Georgia--Albany
Albany (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century
- Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990
Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990--Imprisonment
Anderson, William G., 1927-
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Imprisonment
Pritchett, Laurie, 1926-2000
Walker, Wyatt Tee
King, Slater, 1927-1969
Jones, Charles, 1937-2019
Durden, A. N. (Adie Norman), 1898-1979
Steele, C. K. (Charles Kenzie), 1914-1980
Young, Andrew, 1932-
- United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, 31.57851, -84.15574
United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, Freedom Alley
United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, Harlem, 31.574056, -84.15393
- moving images
- In this series of mostly silent WSB newsfilm clips from July 1962, demonstrators leave Shiloh Baptist Church, march through Albany's Harlem neighborhood, and are arrested when they reach downtown; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. William G. Anderson, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett speak at mass meetings at Mt. Zion and Shiloh Baptist Churches; and King and Abernathy speak at a press conference after their July 12 release from jail.
The clip is divided into two segments. The first segment, which lasts about nine minutes, begins with silent images of mass meetings at Shiloh Baptist Church led by Wyatt Walker, then the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), interspersed with footage of a march through Harlem led by Albany minister Reverend Robert Alford and SCLC minister Reverend C. K. Steele of Florida. Andrew Young is among the marchers. Some of the demonstrators wear black armbands to protest King's and Abernathy's July 10th conviction for "parading without a permit." The protesters are flanked by Albany police as they march through downtown and are eventually arrested. They are led into Freedom Alley, where they sing while they wait.
The series of images from the march is followed by silent footage of King speaking at a mass meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church. During the meeting, the Freedom Singers sing. King's remarks are followed by speeches by Dr. William G. Anderson and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. Slater King and an unidentified African American man briefly converse with police chief Laurie Pritchett before he addresses the congregation about the rock-throwing incident the previous evening, July 10. Pritchett's remarks are followed by an additional silent segment of King speaking. Among the men seated or standing on the dais are Charles Jones and Dr. William Anderson.
Next, at a July 12 press conference in Shiloh Baptist Church, King and Abernathy pledge to stay in Albany until charges are dropped against all who were arrested in December for civil rights protests. King expresses his frustration at his early release from jail. He states that he does not "appreciate the subtle and conniving tactics used to get us [King and Abernathy] out of jail." On July 10, Albany Judge A. N. Durden had ordered King and Abernathy to spend forty-five days in prison or pay a $178 fine for parading without a permit on December 16, 1961; both chose to go to jail rather than pay the fine. King and Abernathy were released from prison July 12 when their fine was reportedly paid by an unidentified stranger. Wyatt Walker is seen sitting behind the two men. More scenes of the march in Albany and of Freedom Alley follow.
The second segment of the clip, which is about eight minutes long, returns to the press conference at Shiloh Baptist Church where King and Abernathy are again seen expressing their frustration at their early release from prison. There are also more scenes from the mass meeting where Slater King and Albany police chief Laurie Pritchett speak to the audience.
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IMLS Grant, 2008.
Digibeta Center Cut (4 x 3) downconvert from HDD5 1080/23.98PsF film transfer.
Condition notes: 2009-03-01, Leader Replaced (Yancey)
- Local Identifier:
- Clip number: wsbn44816
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- Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
- Cite as: wsbn44816, Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of a civil rights march and resulting arrest; civil rights preachers and local officials speaking at mass meetings; groups of Albany city officials as well as civil rights leaders entering the federal courthouse; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy at a press conference in Albany, Georgia, 1962 July, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1046, 16:57/25:57, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia
- 1 clip (about 9 mins.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.
1 clip (about 7 mins., 55 secs.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.
- Original Collection:
- Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.
- Contributing Institution:
- Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection