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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking about the philosophy of nonviolence and recent violent demonstrations in Virginia, 1963

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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


In this WSB-TV newsfilm clip possibly from 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to a reporter about violent demonstrations in Virginia and the philosophy of nonviolence. The clip's audio is low; some comments may be hard to hear.Speaking to an unidentified off-screen reporter, Dr. King supports nonviolence in the civil rights movement and specifically in relation to sit-ins. He suggests that although people may want to return violence for violence, such actions hurt the civil rights movement. He affirms the effectiveness of "nonviolent direct action on the part of students" as "a most effective instrument in breaking down segregation in public eating places." Asked about accepting credit for fostering nonviolence in the United States, King claims he is only following a great tradition established by others. The clip breaks before the end of King's statement. Many communities in Virginia experienced demonstrations as part of local civil rights movements. During the summer of 1963, demonstrations in Danville, Virginia were prominent because local officials arrested demonstrators under court injunctions barring anti-segregation demonstrations and on charges of inciting riots. In November 1963 Dr. King visited Danville to assess the city's racial situation.Title supplied by cataloger.IMLS Grant, 2008.Digibeta Center Cut (4 x 3) downconvert from HDD5 1080/23.98PsF film transfer.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
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