• Creator
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Created Date
  • 1966-10-09
  • Description
  • In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, on October 9, 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks about "black power" and segregationist Lester Maddox's campaign for governor of Georgia. The clip begins with Dr. King sitting at a table at an outdoor press conference surrounded by reporters and photographers. Apparently responding to a question, King clarifies that he believes in the idea of "black power" if it means "amassing political an... more
    In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia, on October 9, 1966 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks about "black power" and segregationist Lester Maddox's campaign for governor of Georgia. The clip begins with Dr. King sitting at a table at an outdoor press conference surrounded by reporters and photographers. Apparently responding to a question, King clarifies that he believes in the idea of "black power" if it means "amassing political and economic strength so that the Negro can achieve his legitimate goals." He condemns the connotations of separatism and violence that surround the phrase declaring that "there is no salvation of the Negro through isolation" and that violence "only serves to relieve the guilt of the white community while increasing their fears." The camera focuses for a moment on a woman who is standing on a balcony and looking down on the press conference below. Next King asserts that gubernatorial candidate Lester Maddox cannot stop the civil rights movement; continuing King suggests that Maddox through his extremism unites African Americans and white moderates. He concludes that the civil rights movement will continue whether or not Maddox is elected. The philosophy of "black power" as embraced and endorsed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) supported African American independence and even supremacy over white citizens and culture. The move by SNCC and CORE towards "black power" increased the tensions and division between these organizations and other civil rights groups including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which remained more concerned with obtaining legal rights and economic opportunities. Title supplied by cataloger. The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital conversion and description of the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection. Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection. less
  • Format
  • 1 clip (about 2 min.): color, sound
    16 mm.
  • Rights
  • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
    Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about "black power" and segregationist Lester Maddox's campaign for governor, Atlanta, Georgia, 1966 October 9, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 1351, 56:05/58:14, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.