Turn of the Century immigrants to the United States pose aboard ship. Some wear fez hats. View of clothing industry workers at sewing machines. Picture of Sidney Hillman and his wife, circa 1910. Older garment worker cutting cloth. Clothing workers punching a time clock. Men operating sewing machines. A cutter marking cloth from a pattern. A man sewing button holes on clothing. Old pictures of earlier garment workers. More modern view of unionized clothing workers at sewing machines. A cutter using a machine to cut multiple layers of fabric. Supervisors discussing a sample of sewn product. numerous views of men and women sewing garments. Flashback to earlier times of workers marching to demand a union contract. Union member distributing literature at a factory gate. Small group of union picketers on sidewalk. Union leader speaking to group of women workers in Southern town. Union organizer with bloodied head, smoking cigarette. Striking Workers (mostly women) standing in group outside employment office of Tuf-Nut Garment Manufacturing Company in Little Rock,Arkansas. The striking women being arrested by policemen. Change of scene to closeup of Alabama State policeman smoking cigar. Civil rights marchers during demonstration in Birmingham Alabama on May 7, 1963 during the "Birmingham Campaign" or "Birmingham Movement". Fire fighters in fire engine pumper truck stops near police on street in town and sets up fire hoses to spray high powered water directly at African American civil rights marchers. Civil Rights marchers soaked by high powered water hoses. One protestor or demonstrator tries to run away from the fire hose and is grabbed by two white police men. A protestor takes cover behind a telephone poll as a firehose is directed toward him. A black man converses with two women on a snowy street. Civil Rights marchers of the negro Southern Christian Leadership Conference carrying signs during a demonstration. People fill the area around the reflecting pool by the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. A man and his daughter share time together on a snowy day. Children sledding in the snow. People ice skating on lake in Central Park, New York City. Closing views of early immigrants to the U.S.A.
James Baldwin speaks in United States. Scenes of strife and struggle during civil rights movement. Policemen beat a African American man. Doctor Kenneth Clark, Professor of Psychology at the City College of New York; Director of Fallen Youth Opportunities Unlimited and Research Director, North Pride Center for Interpretation, sits in a chair during an interview. He speaks on the position of negroes and America's Promise. Other scenes: Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a small gathering of African Americans. They are standing in a house with fallen roof. He speaks about what happened there alluding that they know the truth of the racist hate crime. He speaks about remaining strong in striving for freedom for negro citizens. People around him sing and clap. Martin Luther King Jr. looks into a bible. Ebenezer Baptist Church and its interiors are seen, where Martin Luther King Jr. preaches. Exterior view of a Woolworths store where African Americans in protest sit at a segregated lunch counter at Woolworth store and wait to be served, in a non-violent demonstration. People pass through doors. Men moving on a road are stopped by a policeman. He stands with other policemen. The civil rights demonstrators stop and pray together. They are then directed to a waiting police paddy wagon van for arrest. Policeman hits a African American man. African Americans are put in police paddy wagons. Policemen detain African American demonstrators during a march and use dogs in rounding up demonstrators. Fire truck arrives during a protest and firemen spray firehoses at African American demonstrators on May 7, 1963 in Birmingham Alabama during the Birmingham Campaign or movement. High powered fire hoses spraying water at demonstrators. Police chasing and detaining demonstrators in a crowd during a black civil rights demonstration.
A football match in Birmingham, Alabama. The Alabama Crimson Tide football team plays against the Auburn Tigers football team. Spectators cheer. The Auburn Tigers football team wins by 10-8.
President John F Kennedy delivers Civil Rights "Integration speech" at White House, Washington DC. President talks about events in Birmingham Alabama and urges the nation not to indulge in any kind of discrimination towards negroes of the country. He notes that "the fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city...."
Dixiecrat democrats of the States' Rights Democratic Party at convention in Birmingham Alabama (after rejecting civil rights in platform of the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania). People in favor of continued racial segregation enter the building of 'State Rights Democrat' along with flag of United States to revolt against the civil rights plank of the Truman-Barkley ticket. William Henry Davis "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, a vocal proponent of racial segregation, is seen and flags behind him include a confederate flag. Dixie Democrats (The States' Rights Democratic Party) hold their own convention. Banners of states of Alabama and Mississippi in convention hall, with representatives who abandoned the democratic convention at Philadelphia. Fielding Lewis Wright, Democratic politician, and Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, stands among Democrats. Governor James Strom Thurmond of South Carolina speaks and denounces efforts by the federal government and says that the country is on the path of being a totalitarian state. Strom Thurmond gets the State's Rights Party nomination for President of the United States.
Football practice in Alabama,United States. Alabama Crimson Tide football team players Andrew Pernell,Birmingham's Tucker and Doc Rone practice for the match on the field. Head coach makes announcements.