Peace march and rally at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco

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A KQED News report from San Francisco on April 27th 1968, which features scenes of a peace march from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to the Civic Center and a rally at Civic Center Plaza. This clip features a mixture of silent and sound footage, including scenes of large crowds marching and listening to speeches. Banners are visible in the crowds which read: "Free Huey" and "Defend the Black Panthers. Black control of the Black community." Muhammad Ali is seen addressing the large crowds, pointing out that: "Those of you who are white … have many white leaders who can speak for you. You have many whites in power who have the billions and trillions of dollars to help you. But Black people also need a spokesman!" Ends with views of an address to supporters of Huey P. Newton by co-founder of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Note that this footage had previously been split into two separate 16mm film reels and clips - KQN 50 and KQN 312 - but this was done incorrectly. We also had previously referred to this event in DIVA as the Black Panthers "Rally of Fire" but in fact they were one of many different organizations who took part in a peace rally that day, organized by the April 27 Mobilization Committee. This information can be found on p.3 of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, published on that day.

This film reversal print was re-transferred in 4K (4096 x 2970) using a Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in October 2022.

Type of material
archival news film
16mm b&w co-magnetic sound film
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Date aired
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KQN 50

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