• Short Summary

    SINCE LAST DECEMBER, ALBANY, GEORGIA, HAS BEEN THE NEGRO'S CHOSEN BATTLEGROUND FOR WINNING RIGHTS WHOSE AFFIRMATION BY THE AMERICAN SUPREME COURT IN 1954 HAS THROWN THE SOUTH INTO AN EIGHT-YEAR TURMOIL.

  • Description

    SINCE LAST DECEMBER, ALBANY, GEORGIA, HAS BEEN THE NEGRO'S CHOSEN BATTLEGROUND FOR WINNING RIGHTS WHOSE AFFIRMATION BY THE AMERICAN SUPREME COURT IN 1954 HAS THROWN THE SOUTH INTO AN EIGHT-YEAR TURMOIL. DURING THIS FIGHT AGAINST SEGREGATION, NEARLY 1,000 PERSONS - INCLUDING DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, LEADER OF THE NEGRO ALBANY MOVEMENT - HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF PARADING WITHOUT A LICENSE, OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC, CONGREGATION ON THE PAVEMENT, AND REFUSING TO OBEY POLICE OFFICERS.

    FILM SHOWS NEGROES SINGING AND PRAYING IN A LOCAL CHURCH, JULY 27, FOR DESEGREGATION EVERYWHERE IN THE SOUTH. IT WAS THAT DAY THAT DR LUTHER KING AND NINE OTHER NEGROES WERE ARRESTED AFTER HOLDING PUBLIC PRAYER MEETINGS - PART OF THEIR PASSIVE RESISTANCE CAMPAIGN - OUTSIDE THE CITY HALL. THE GOVERNOR, MR ERNEST VANDIVAR, HAS PROMISED TO MAKE ROOM IN STATE PRISONS, IF NECESSARY, FOR EVERY NEGRO IN ALBANY.

    AND ON JULY 28, ON ORDERS OF THE CITY'S POLICE CHIEF, LAURIE PRITCHETT, SOME 37 DEMONSTRATORS WERE ARRESTED. THE FIRST GROUP OF NINE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR PICKETING WITH PLACARDS THAT READ: "OH, PRITCHETT, OPEN THEM CELLS" AND "LEGAL TO PICKET IN ALBANY, POLICE SAY NO."
    A NEGRO ATTORNEY, MR C.B. KING, IS SEEN INTERVIEWED BY REPORTERS THAT DAY AFTER HE HAD BEEN HIT ON THE HEAD WITH A CANE IN THE DOUGHERTY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. HE SAID HE WENT TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO SEE TWO CLIENTS WHO WERE ARRESTED BY CITY POLICE FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND TRANSFERRED TO THE COUNTY JAIL.

    AFTER BEING TOLD TWICE TO WAIT OUTSIDE BY THE SHERIFF - WHOM HE DID NOT ANSWER BECAUSE HE WAS "SPEAKING TO THE DEPUTY" - MR KING SAID HE WAS BLUDGEONED BY A CYLINDRICALLY SHAPED PIECE OF WOOD ON THE FOREHEAD. "I WAS STRUCK AGAIN ON THE NECK AS I WAS LEAVING, AND I HEARD THE THRUST OF THE SHERIFF'S FEET BEHIND ME", HE SAID.

    ON JULY 30, ALBANY FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE ELLIOTT OVERRULED A MOTION BY NEGRO ATTORNEYS TO DISMISS THE CITY'S PETITION FOR A TEMPORARY INJUNCTION FORBIDDING FURTHER RACIAL DEMONSTRATORS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEMG9LJRIAE077TPBR8IB6XIOB
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMG9LJRIAE077TPBR8IB6XIOB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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