• Short Summary

    THE UNITED NATIONS SUB-COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION VISITED ATLANTA, GEORGIA, ON SATURDAY, (25 JAN), IN ORDER TO STUDY RACE RELATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN CITY.

  • Description

    THE UNITED NATIONS SUB-COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION VISITED ATLANTA, GEORGIA, ON SATURDAY, (25 JAN), IN ORDER TO STUDY RACE RELATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN CITY. AFTER A CONFERENCE AT A LOCAL COLLEGE, SOME 400 STUDENTS BEGAN AN ANTI-SEGREGATION RALLY, WHICH MEMBERS OF THE SUB-COMMISSION PAUSED TO WATCH.

    THE STUDENTS, LED BY LEADERS OF THE STUDENT NON-VIOLENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MARCHED ON DOWNTOWN ATLANTA. THEY THEM SPLIT INTO GROUPS AND SOUGHT SERVICE AT A NUMBER OF RESTAURANTS WHICH HAVE REFUSED TO SERVE NEGROES. THE DEMONSTRATIONS CONCENTRATED OUTSIDE LEB'S, A RESTAURANT IN THE HEART OF THE CITY WHICH HAS REFUSED TO DESEGREGATE. THE OWNER CLOSED THE CAFE AND DEMANDED THAT THE DEMONSTRATORS BE ARRESTED; THE POLICE REFUSED.

    WHILE THE DEMONSTRATION WAS GOING ON, A GROUP OF KU KLUX KLAN MEMBERS BEGAN PICKETING ABOUT 15 RESTAURANTS WHICH HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS TO NEGROES. THE KU KLUX KLAN, WHICH HAS EXISTED ALMOST CONTINUALLY FOR MORE THAN 90 YEARS, REGARDS ITSELF AS THE GUARDIAN OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH BUT HAS BEEN VIRTUALLY POWERLESS FOR ABOUT A DECADE. SOME OF THE KLANSMEN APPEARED IN THEIR WHITE ROSES-MARKING THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS THAT MEMBERS OF THE KLAN HAVE OPENLY DEMONSTRATED IN "UNIFORM".

    THE KLANSMEN LEFT THE AREA BEFORE NIGHTFALL, BUT LATER RETURNED TO COUNTER THE CONTINUING INTEGRATIONIST RALLY. THE CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATORS JEERED AT THE KLANSMEN, AND THIS TOUCHED OFF A SERIES OF FIST-FIGHTS. POLICE QUICKLY BROKE UP THE SCUFFLES AND MADE NO ARREST.

    FOLLOWING LAST YEAR'S RACIAL TROUBLES ABOUT 15 ATLANTA RESTAURANTS AGREED TO SERVE NEGROES, BUT MANY REMAIN FULLY SEGREGATED. MOST OF THE CITY'S PUBLIC FACILITIES HAVE ALSO BEEN OPENED TO NEGROES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAQ2EMYYNCHM9M0RI0S4JJWMIJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQ2EMYYNCHM9M0RI0S4JJWMIJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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