• WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstrators protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the University of Georgia Law Day; portions of Rusk's speech; and his comments to reporters as he leaves the event, Athens, Georgia, 1968 May 4.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstrators protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the University of Georgia Law Day; portions of Rusk's speech; and his comments to reporters as he leaves the event, Athens, Georgia, 1968 May 4
    • Date
    • 1968 May 4
    • Creator
    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from May 4, 1968, Secretary of State Dean Rusk speaks at the University of Georgia's Law Day while students protest his appearance and the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. The sound drops-out and brea... more
      In this WSB newsfilm clip from May 4, 1968, Secretary of State Dean Rusk speaks at the University of Georgia's Law Day while students protest his appearance and the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. The sound drops-out and breaks-up throughout the clip. less
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstrators protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the U... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of demonstrators protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the University of Georgia Law Day; portions of Rusk's speech; and his comments to reporters as he leaves the event, Athens, Georgia, 1968 May 4, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1460, 30:34/33:56, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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  • WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1969 April 6.

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    WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6
    • Date
    • 1968 April 6
    • Creator
    • WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, dated April 6, 1969, civil rights and anti-war demonstrators protest the Vietnam War with a march and rally on the Sunday following the one-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assass... more
      In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, dated April 6, 1969, civil rights and anti-war demonstrators protest the Vietnam War with a march and rally on the Sunday following the one-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. less
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    • Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, re... more
      Courtesy of Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of a peace and civil rights rally, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 6, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1537, 15:33/16:38, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga. less
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  • Anti-War Demonstration, Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 1970. [Note: sign “Vietnam for the Vietnamese”]

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    Anti-War Demonstration, Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 1970
    • Date
    • 1970 April 18
    • Creator
    • Coffin, Tom
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    • Local identification number: V003-700418-A13. Tom Coffin Photographs.
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    • Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections; Digital Library of Georgia
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  • Anti-War Demonstration, Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 1970. [Note: large crowd with many signs]

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    Anti-War Demonstration, Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 1970
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    • 1970 April 18
    • Creator
    • Coffin, Tom
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    • Tom Coffin Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. Local identification number: V003-700418-A27. Tom Coffin Photographs, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
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Protests against the Vietnam War were sometimes directed against government officials.  When Secretary of State Dean Rusk spoke at the University of Georgia's Law Day on May 4, 1968, members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee (SSOC), hosted for the weekend by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), protested Rusk’s appearance as well as United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Policemen stood across the street and observed the demonstrators as they marched.  Originally appointed by President Kennedy, Rusk became increasingly unpopular with war opponents as he continued to serve under President Johnson; his appearances were often targeted by anti-war protestors.

Anti-war demonstrations sometimes emerged as part of marches and rallies memorializing important events such as the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., thus illustrating the close tie between civil rights activism and peace activism.