Civil Rights Struggle in the Birmingham Library
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
1961 (Estimated Year)
01:01:03 - 01:04:00
MSs young African-American man (note the chain wallet) using card catalog inside public library, Birmingham, Alabama; MS sign atop card catalogue: Reference books must not be taken from his (sic) room. MSs young black woman wearing white dress while looking upon book shelves. MS young black man wearing cardigan sweater, dark-colored polo shirt while sitting at table, reading inside library. TLS young black men seated at study carrels and reading, middle-aged white man in business suit seated and reading in FG; MSs young black man wearing thick dark-rim glasses, seated at study carrel and reading. MS clean-cut young white man sporting glasses, seated at table and working. LS young white and black students working at tables inside library. TLS lone white male uniformed Birmingham police officer and possible detective entering library, followed by three white men in civvies and gang of young white males. MS police sergeant walking through library, looking for the civil rights protest students, passing array of card catalogs. Civil disobedience. Panning TLS young black men and women exiting library, passing smattering of white male cameramen and reporters. Note the fallout shelter sign outside the library. TLS young African-American male & female students walking along sidewalk outside library, headed toward camera with schoolbooks. Rear view MS black students walking along sidewalk. MS two white male uniformed cops standing on sidewalk. MSs stone inscription outside Birmingham Library; note the fallout shelter sign again. Establishing LS Birmingham Library. MS three young white men, one wearing khaki U.S. Army uniform, seated at table inside library, clowning around. MS surly young white man giving the camera the middle finger, aka flipping the bird (obscene gesture, fuck you). Panning MS young black man exiting library, passing cam.
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