• Short Summary

    WITH MORE THAN 2,400 STATE PATROLMEN, DEPUTIES AND POLICE ON DUTY IN THE STREETS OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, AND THREE THOUSAND FEDERAL TROOPS STATIONED OUTSIDE THE CITY, THE SITUATION THERE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "IMPROVING ALTHOUGH TENSION REMAINS." THERE HAVE BEEN NO MORE OF THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS THAT EARLIER LED TO THE ARREST OF HUNDREDS OF NEGROES.

  • Description

    1.
    TV MEETING SOF BEGINS CHANTING AND CLAPPING IN B/G (2 SHOTS)
    0.09

    2.
    SV ROBINSON ON PLATFORM
    0.14

    3.
    SV PEOPLE APPLAUD
    0.16

    4.
    CU ROBINSON SPEAKS SOF CONTINUES "NOW I CAME DOWN HERE TODAY..." SOF ENDS...LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN" APPLAUDS.
    1.34


    MR. ROBINSON TOLD THE CROWD: (SOF STARTS)



    "I CAME DOWN HERE TODAY TO THANK JUST EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, JUST LIKE FLOYD HAS DONE, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS INSPIRATION. I DON'T THINK YOU REALISE DOWN HERE IN BIRMINGHAM WHAT YOU MEAN TO US UP THERE IN NEW YORK. AND I DON'T THINK THAT WHILE AMERICANS UNDERSTAND WHAT BIRMINGHAM MEANS TO ALL OF US THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE LITTLE KIDS BEING TOSSED FROM ONE SIDE OF THE STREET TO THE OTHER BY THE TREMENDOUS FORCE OF THE HOSES AND WE THINK ABOUT THE PICTURE THIS CITY HAS MADE WITH ITS BIG BRAVE POLICEMAN DOWN HERE WITH HIS KNEE ON THE THROAT OF THIS LADY; AND THE PROBLEM OF IT IS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS THAT THIS SAME PICTURE OF THE DOGS, AND OF THIS POLICEMAN WITH HIS KNEE IN THE THROAT OF THIS LADY, IS THE PICTURE THAT IS BEING PORTRAYED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. AND I THINK THE CONSCIENCE OF AMERICA, IS BEGINNING TO AWAKEN. I THINK THAT THE FIRST STEPS THAT WERE MADE HERE BY THE BIRMINGHAM BUSINESSMEN WITH DR. KING AND THE OTHER LEADERS DOWN HERE IS AN INDICATION THAT PERHAPS THE CONSCIENCE OF BIRMINGHAM IS BEGINNING TO AWAKEN. THE ONLY THING THAT WE ARE DEMANDING IS THAT WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MOVE AHEAD JUST LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN." (SOF ENDS)




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: WITH MORE THAN 2,400 STATE PATROLMEN, DEPUTIES AND POLICE ON DUTY IN THE STREETS OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, AND THREE THOUSAND FEDERAL TROOPS STATIONED OUTSIDE THE CITY, THE SITUATION THERE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "IMPROVING ALTHOUGH TENSION REMAINS." THERE HAVE BEEN NO MORE OF THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS THAT EARLIER LED TO THE ARREST OF HUNDREDS OF NEGROES.

    ON MONDAY NIGHT FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON, AND A FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STAR, JACKIE ROBINSON ARRIVED IN THE CITY TO HELP IN THE DESEGREGATION FIGHT. THEY TOLD ABOUT 2,000 NEGROES AT A MASS MEETING THAT THEY MUST NOT LET UP IN THEIR BATTLE FOR INTEGRATION.

    BOTH MEN SPOKE OF THE EARLIER VIOLENCE, AND SAID THE IMAGE OF BIRMINGHAM IS BEING REFLECTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS A RESULT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1FPQ9OZ9YWSNYREPUTK4JRU7H
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FPQ9OZ9YWSNYREPUTK4JRU7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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