Dr. Harry Edwards Press Conference (1968)

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KTVU news footage from April 1968 featuring a press conference by sociologist and former Black Panther Dr. Harry Edwards, who is discussing plans to hand out buttons at track meets with the image of recently assassinated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Olympic Project for Human Rights on them. Edwards was the architect of this project - which protested against racial segregation in the U.S. and racism in sports - and led to the Black Power Salute on the 1968 Mexico Olympics 200m race podium, by American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos. He goes on to state that it is time for African Americans who have achieved some kind of social influence to assume an active role in suporting the Black Panther Party in Northern California. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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Date aired
April 1968
Recording medium
16mm b&w magnetic sound film
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Fox Television Stations, LLC/KTVU
Type of material
local newsfilm
KTVU 16-11

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