Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

(Video from the WSB-TV newsfilm collection, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Award Collection.)

(You may need to increase your volume, the video has a low audio level.)

Link to video: “In this WSB newsfilm clip possibly from June 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calls upon president John F. Kennedy to issue a “Second Emancipation Proclamation” declaring segregation illegal. King asserts that the time has come for the president to issue an executive order against segregation. He declares that the United States’ world position demands an end to segregation.”

In anticipation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a quick reminder that the Civil Rights Digital Library has a large and diverse collection of resources about the man and his legacy. Visit King’s page at the CRDL to find videos, photographs, sound recordings and more.


Athens Historic Newspapers Archive Now Available

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to five newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922. Consisting of over 57,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006) (by jodi at These archives can be accessed at