Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
10:04:52 - 10:06:14
MLK: "We, the disinherited of this land. We who have been oppressed so long. A tide is running through the long night of captivity, and now we are reaching out for the deepest of freedom and justice and equality." Various shots of Jim Crow laws in effect: sign for waiting room for whites only, a white police officer standing outside the waiting room, talking to a white man; CU of "white" name plate on wall, quick panning to "colored" name plate; MCU of black boy drinking from "colored" water fountain; swinging door with "colored entrance" sign on door. MS young African-American man sitting at crowded lunch counter (though he's surrounded by Caucasians, it seems he's been served; sit-in protest). MSs of MLK, Jr. during a march in Montgomery, Alabama; MS Mr. King and another man kneeling before a police motorcycle before being arrested. MLK: "The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That s all. Suddenly, faces the glory of America with all of its faults, and we are not wrong. We are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong. God Almighty is wrong." MS sign: "Police Headquarters"; MSs of MLK being booked & fingerprinted, getting mug shot taken (this was taken in February 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama, during the Bus Boycott). Shot of police station, white man trying to block camera with his hand as people, mostly African-American, exit station house and cross street. TLS/MSs hostile Caucasian crowd, white police officers subduing young white man; MS of a young Caucasian priest wiping bloody nose. TLSs of near-empty city buses driving through Montgomery; traveling shot of two African-American women walking on sidewalk.