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Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about freedom and the civil rights movement at an outdoor rally held in Atlanta, Georgia, 1963 December 15

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


In this series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips from Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at an outdoor rally about freedom and the civil rights movement in Atlanta. Several breaks interrupt the clip; some comments may not be recorded completely.The clip begins with Dr. King, who is seen in profile, speaking to the audience at a rally where his breath can be seen in the cold. King reminds the audience of the timeless nature of freedom's struggle and "the urgency of now." He seeks to dispel several myths that work against the goals of the civil rights movement, including that the time is not right or that African Americans are not ready for freedom. Furthering his point, he quotes Old Testament prophet Amos and statesman Thomas Jefferson. King asserts that "the problems of Atlanta will not work themselves out." He also declares that the oppressed must demand freedom by "revolt[ing] peacefully, openly, and cheerfully" with the goal of "a community at peace with itself." King compares freedom to food and life; while a bit of bread may satisfy hunger, both freedom and life must be had completely or not at all. He emphasizes the link between freedom and the nation and proclaims that African Americans, who had been undaunted by the hardships of slavery, will achieve freedom one day. He states that "both God's will and the heritage of our nation speak through our echoing demands." Dr. King calls for Atlanta, known by the sobriquet...
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia