Poet on Third Street: "Stop, think and listen."

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KRON News footage from September 29th 1966, featuring scenes of a man reciting part of a poem on Third Street in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, which is in the grip of a social uprising. Teenager Matthew 'Peanut' Johnson was killed by police on September 27th, residents are protesting and the National Guard has been called out. Surrounded by local residents (including Adam Rogers), the speaker comments that: "I am here today my brothers, to speak to you of truth and ignorance, do you do what you do / Will not another brother know just how you must feel. This is wrong but it's so very, very real / Don't take it upon yourself to enter this jungle alone. Without a leader, you can't last very long / Sure, something has to be done and something shall be done / This is not a plaything you're doing, though it might seem to you to be a whole lot of fun / Stop, think and listen. Don't take it upon yourself to make unwise decision / What has been done has been done." Please note: if you feel that part of this poem has been transcribed incorrectly by us, please advise in the comments section. Thank you.

Originally aired on
KRON-TV
Date aired
9/29/1966
Recording medium
16mm b&w negative, magnetic sound film
1:01
Rights for this video belong to
Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc.
Type of material
archival newsfilm
Identifier
KRON 686-7
Views
3504

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The poem is worth repeating -- There is a message in the words 

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