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.