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Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech, Danville, Virginia
(WDBJ Television, Roanoke, VA)

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visited Danville on July 11, 1963. He spoke at a delayed luncheon at a local church and condemned the "brutality and visciousness" of the Danville police force. King said that he had "seen some brutal things on the part of policemen all across the South, but very seldom if ever have I heard of a police force being as brutal and viscious as the police have been here in Danville, Virginia." King called the moment in a nation a "threshold of the most significant breakthrough in civil rights." King promised Danville his "full, personal support." "Wherever injustice is alive," King said, he wanted to take a stand, for "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
About the film
  • Date: July 11, 1963
  • Sound: Yes
  • Duration: 05:09
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