Hilliard, Seale, and Murray press conference

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KRON-TV archival newsfilm footage featuring a press conference by Bobby Seale, George Mason Murray, and David Hilliard in Oakland. Hilliard states that the purpose of the press conference is to show support for a 17 year-old student, Gregory Harrison, who is currently being detained at the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. Hilliard claims that Harrison is being held because of his political beliefs, and because he is a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Panther student union. Murray also speaks to reporters about the situation at San Francisco State University, and discusses the Black Students Union. Both Hilliard and Murray call for all "agencies of force" to leave college campuses. Benny Stewart, the president of the Black Students Union at SF State, makes a statement to the press that echoes this point. Also features Bobby Seale who speaks to reporters about the recent shooting in which three policeman were shot, and claims that Mayor Alioto, in conspiracy with the power structure, is attempting to wipe out the leadership of the Black Panther Party. Remastered (from the negative), edited and catalogued for the web by Shira Peltzman.

Originally aired on
Date aired
circa 1968/69
Recording medium
16mm b+w, co-magnetic sound film
Rights for this video belong to
Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc.
Type of material
archival newsfilm
KRON 135-4

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