Montgomery, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Greenville, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Directed by Madeline Anderson, Integration Report I reveals snapshots of the civil rights struggle in the United States during the late 1950s and early 1960s, with footage of sit-ins, speeches, and marches across the nation.
16mm black and white film (a) about marches, protests, and events during the Civil Rights Movement around 1960.
The film opens in Montgomery, Alabama with accompanying music and voiceover narration. The footage documents demonstrators marching to the steps of the city municipal building in support of demonstrators participating in lunch counter sit-ins. There are also police officers and white citizens of Montgomery present. The police officers begin pushing the demonstrators up the stairs. The next scene is of Monroe, North Carolina, and shows Robert Williams talking to a group of people about violence committed against blacks by whites and the difficulty involved in pursuing charges in those cases. Williams advocates meeting violence with violence. The next scene shows Thomas R. Jones speaking to an audience in Brooklyn, New York, about the killing of Al Garrett by a police officer while he was in custody at a Brooklyn police station. The next scene shows Greenville, South Carolina, and a group protesting the treatment of Jackie Robinson at the local airport. Local NAACP President A.J. Whittenberg speaks to them at the Springfield Baptist Church. The next scene shows the demonstrators marching to the airport. The group approaches the airport and protests in front of it while police officers and other people watch. The next scene shows young people marching in Washington, D.C., petitioning for integrated schools. The footage includes a marching band, youth assembling signs, and youth playing folk music. A line of youth hand their petitions to Congressman Charles Diggs, and he collects them as the youths pass them to him. The next scene shows a large crowd seated in front of a stage on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1959. Tom Mboya speaks to the crowd and discusses the struggle in Africa to eradicate poverty, disease, and ignorance. He connects the struggles of the African people to the Civil Rights Movement in America. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks next, and describes the audience in attendance. Bayard Rustin speaks next and talks about the importance of the larger crowd compared to a previous gathering and how they received an invitation to a meeting at the White House. The next scene is from Glendale in Queens, New York, and the camera focuses on graffiti on a wall that reads "Blacks Go Home." The narrator makes the observation that this is in the North rather than the South. A woman in the voiceover narration describes the struggle of integration of the Glendale schools. There is footage of many anti-integration protesters holding signs, and a reporter interviews two of the protesters; both white women. They are protesting the bussing of children from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Glendale. One of the women said she is keeping her children out of the school to protest. The next scene shows protesters carrying signs outside of a People's Drug Store to protest the segregation of lunch counters. Police officers approach protestors sitting at the lunch counters and tell them they will be charged with trespassing if they do not leave. A man at a typewriter fills out trespassing tickets and a police officer hands them to the protesters. The protesters are loaded into a police wagon in front of the drug store. There is footage of the protestors going into the police station and supporters cheering them. The film ends with a rally and speakers, including Jim Farmer and Jackie Robinson. Hunter College students participate in the rally.