on an image above to view a description of the image and its location in the WSB-TV clips
During the Civil
Rights Movement, ordinary men and women
challenged the nation to apply its founding values of justice, life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all citizens,
regardless of skin color. From throughout the South women, men,
and children of different social classes, educational levels, races,
and religions united in a national effort to practice the principles
of democracy, nonviolence, and civic action.
This web site spotlights their activities out of nine cities and
towns in Georgia, from the Supreme Court’s Brown
v. Board of Education decision of 1954, to the anti-poverty
and anti-war campaigns of
the early 1970s. Browse these pages to see video from the era,
shot by photographers at WSB-TV/Channel 2 News (Atlanta)
and WALB-TV/Channel 10 News (Albany).
Funded by the Institute
of Museum and Library Services, this video has been restored
and preserved online by the Civil
Rights Digital Library Initiative. The University of Georgia
permanently houses the news footage in its Walter
J. Brown Media Archives.
We invite you to click on a location to your left to learn about
Georgia’s Civil Rights Movement stories. We encourage you to consider
the impact of the words and deeds that unfold before you on screen,
and to make connections to contemporary issues of human rights,
racial equality, citizenship, and social justice. Where in the
world would the tactics of nonviolence and court-initiated change
still prove effective? What similar issues does your community
face? Who are today’s revolutionary “marchers to freedom-land”?
In education, business, law, entertainment, and the arts, who understands,
in the words of Georgia-born writer Alice
Walker, that if the Movement
“gave us nothing else, it gave us each other forever”?*
*From “The Civil Rights Movement: What Good
Was It?” In In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by
Alice Walker (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983), p. 128.