Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on social disruption

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from July 28th 1966 in San Francisco, featuring a brief excerpt from a press conference by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the recent civil unrest. He argues that widespread civil disruption in U.S. cities is a reflection on society as a whole and it's reluctance to address fundamental inequalities: "Well, we all lost. I can't stigmatize, uh, uh isolate the civil rights movement as something over here and America as something over there. If anything the civil rights movement is the conscience of America and if we have had a summer of violence - which we had this summer and other summers - it's a reflection on the whole nation. We wouldn't have had that violence if the nation had moved forthrightly, progressively and honestly toward a resolution of the problem. And I still contend that our nation's summers of riots are caused by our nation's winters of delay. And as long as justice is postponed, as long as these problems are there, we are on the verge of social disruption and it hurts not only the black man it hurts our whole nation."

Note: this film reversal print was remastered in 4K (4096 x 2970) using our new Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in December 2020. These are the only 16mm film elements which survived from the original, Ch.5 location film shoot.

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archival news film
16mm, b&w co-magnetic sound film
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KPIX 27917-4K

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