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CU Martin Luther King speaking (B/W--Selma 1965)
GV demonstrators facing police--police rushing and trampling demonstrators--injured helped away (12 shots) (B/W--Mar. 7 1965)
CU PULL MV (STILL) Mayor of Selma group photograph of governors
MV interview with Mayor Joe Smitherman
MV black sheriff
MV zoom CU black policeman
MV interview with Wilson Baker
GV football game
MV negro and white player talking
GV street scene
MV blacks in shops (3 shots)
GV PAN houses
MV interview with black Councilman F D Reese (2 shots)
GVs blacks around town (6 shots) (CUTAWAY)
CU interview with black resident Earl Walker
SEQ. 1: LUTHER: "As you know, we are assembled here today to reaffirm our determination to gain the right to vote in Selma, in Dallas County, and all over the State of Alabama."
Alabama answered King with force--at the time of the demonstrations half the population of Selma was black, but only a tiny fraction was allowed to vote--so King opened a campaign to change all that--a campaign often marked with violence. (NATURAL SOUND--screams, etc.)
10 years ago Selma was totally segregated--it was a time of fear, of hate, of violence--today, all that's gone; today, Selma's a town of peace and progress. 10 years ago there were no blacks in city government--today 5 of the 11 members of the City Council are black.
SEQ. 5: SMITHERMAN: "It's cut out a lot of the thing of the blacks using it as an excuse--the "White Power" structure--so they can't say it's just a bunch of white men up there, making laws and sitting in their offices and denying me anything they feel they aren't getting--now, you got a problem in one of those wards, they can't say what you gonna do?--(INDISTINCT) because I'm black--they got a black Council man that's up here in City Hall."
10 years ago there were no black deputy sheriffs;
no black policemen--today there are quite a few.
Wilson Baker was Police-Chief 10 years ago--a moderate--today he is Sheriff because of the black vote:
SEQ. 8: BAKER: "I've picked up more votes than any candidate in each primary in each year for the general elections that I've been in--simply because you give them good service, professional law-enforcement service, and you treat the blacks right--you can't mistreat anyone and expect their support. I do no more for them than I do for a white person, but by the same taken, I treat them just as well as I would if (INDISTINCT)..comes into my office with a complaint--he gets just the same treatments as (IND)."
10 years ago the schools were segregated today they are totally integrated.
Many white people don't like it, but there have been no problems.
10 years ago along Selma's main street
there were no black sales people--today almost every store has hired blacks. The blacks used to complain that in the past they had been treated rudely in stores--today, they say, that's in the past.
10 year ago there was very little public housing for blacks--today there is a lot of federal money in Selma and a lot of urban renewal and new public housing, some of it (INDISTINCT)
The Reverend F D Reese, one of the City Councilmen, sees much progress: "We're at a point now where we seek to solve our differences in the community by sitting around a table, discussing problems and coming to an agreement on problems, and I think this is good--since we (IND) that opposition in 1965--(IND) because I'm a City Father (IND)
(INTERVIEW CONT. OVER) Blacks now have lost all of the fear--most of the fear they had in 1965--and they had fear (IND), fear for that life at that time (IND)--this has been decided blacks feel freer to move and to act, and they feel more part of the community now, and also they feel that they are part of the whole process--but this was not true in 1965."
SEQ. 16: WALKER: "It's much different now--it seems like a man is a man--in other words, colour's one thing that don't make any difference-- we're free to go there now, various places where we couldn't go 10 years ago--and all the doors are wide open to us now--whereas we couldn't go 10 years ago--and all the doors are wide open to us now--whereas we couldn't go in various white places down-town to eat, and so forth--well, we don't get anything like that now......(IND)."
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