A television news clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about the Summer Community Organization and Political Education project, June 1965.
In this WSB-TV newsfilm clip from June 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to an Atlanta audience about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project. Dr. King emphasizes the connection between political and economic power and indicates the significance of SCOPE's plans to assist African Americans with voter registration. King asserts that with hard work, guidance, and cooperation, it will be possible to double the number of registered African American voters. Dr. King’s remarks, particularly about the ongoing economic and social barriers faced by African Americans, demonstrate the limitations of legislation like the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For everyone involved in the movement, the fight continued even after its successes began to dismantle de jure (legal) segregation, focusing also on de facto (situational or practiced) segregation and racism.