Film ID:
NEFA 21681

SIX FIVE 13 NOVEMBER 1967: MARTIN LUTHER KING INTERVIEW

1967

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Description

A Tyne Tees Television interview with the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Clyde Alleyne a Tyne Tees reporter and announcer and the first coloured person to be seen on British television in such a role, talks to Martin Luther King about aspects of race relations in the USA and England. The interview is believed to have taken place during Martin Luther King's visit to the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on the 13 November 1967, where he received an honorary degree.

The interview begins in close up on Dr King and in mid-sentence as he is presumably answering a question put to him by interviewer Clyde Alleyne regarding race relations.

Dr King expands on the issue of those violent demonstrations against racial discrimination which have taken place in America. While acknowledging these have taken place Dr King assures Clyde Alleyne that violent outbursts are far from the norm. He suggests however that if the status quo remains, where for example housing or education are poor then this may compel some to angrier and violent protest. The camera pulls back revealing Dr King sitting behind a small table just in front of a wall-mounted blackboard, Clyde Alleyne to the left of the screen and to the right just off camera possibly an aide to Dr King

Clyde Alleyne then tells Dr King that similar poor conditions exist in England for coloured people, and questions him as to whether legislation is the answer. Dr King replies that it is an option but not the only one. He suggests that England look to the US in order to avoid some of the problems they have experienced but he agreed that a firm application of law with regard to housing, jobs and education might help.

The interview concludes with Clyde Alleyne thanking Dr King