• Short Summary

    RACIAL DISTURBANCES CONTINUED IN ALBANY, GEORGIA, DEC 13/14, WITH PROTEST MARCHES AND LUNCH COUNTER DEMONSTRATIONS BY HUNDREDS OF NEGROES.

  • Description

    RACIAL DISTURBANCES CONTINUED IN ALBANY, GEORGIA, DEC 13/14, WITH PROTEST MARCHES AND LUNCH COUNTER DEMONSTRATIONS BY HUNDREDS OF NEGROES.

    UNREST IN THIS PROSPEROUS SOUTHWEST GEORGIA CITY OF 55,000 DATES BACK TO NOV 1, WHEN THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION'S ORDER AGAINST "TRANSPORTATION TERMINAL SEGREGATION" TOOK EFFECT. A MASS ARREST OF OVER 250 NEGROES WAS MADE DEC 12 DURING A PROTEST MEETING OUTSIDE THE CITY HALL, WHERE 11 ANTI-SEGREGATION DEMONSTRATORS APPEARED BEFORE THE JUDGE AFTER TESTING THE NEW REGULATIONS AT A RAILWAY STATION.

    ON DEC 13, MORE NON-WHITE DEMONSTRATORS CONVERGED ON ALBANY'S CITY HALL TO PROTEST AGAINST THE PREVIOUS DAY'S ARRESTS. IN THE MORNING THEY KNEELED IN THE STREET, SINGING AND PRAYING. ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE GROUP WAS FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT AND SENTENCED TO FIVE DAY'S IMPRISONMENT.

    LATER THE SAME DAY, THE NEGROES ASSEMBLED AGAIN TO WALK TWO BY TWO IN A LONG COLUMN AROUND THE CITY HALL. MORE THAN 200 OF THEM WERE ARRESTED AS THEY STARTED ON THE SECOND CIRCUIT, POLICE CLAIMING THEY WERE VIOLATING AN AGREEMENT WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO CIRCLE THE BUILDING ONCE.

    ON DEC 14, AFTER A TOTAL OF 560 PEOPLE HAD BEEN ARRESTED, DEMONSTRATIONS WERE LIMITED TO "SIT-IN" PROTESTS BY SMALL GROUPS.

    TEN NEGROES ENTERED A BUS TERMINAL CAFETERIA, PREVIOUSLY RESERVED FOR WHITES, TO SIT DOWN AT THE LUNCH COUNTER AND NEARBY TABLES, WHILE OTHERS QUEUED FOR BUS TICKETS.

    NO NOTICE WAS TAKEN OF INTERSTATE HOLDERS, TO WHOM SEGREGATION NO LONGER APPLIES, BUT A POLICE RAID WAS MADE ON THE CAFETERIA WHICH IS NO LONGER COVERED BY THE REGULATIONS. AFTER THE WHITE WAITRESS HAD WALKED OUT, LEAVING A NEGRO COOK TO SERVE THE NON-WHITE CLIENTS, THE TEN "INVADERS" WERE ARRESTED AND THE PREMISES CLOSED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3CLMMZJC3XW3NW2H63T2WKY4C
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CLMMZJC3XW3NW2H63T2WKY4C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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