Rockefeller at NAACP Rally at Liberty Baptist Church 7-24-60
Date Of Production
July 24 1960
Silent footage of GOP presidential nominee Nelson Rockefeller at a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) rally at Liberty Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago on July 24, 1960, the day before the GOP convention at the International Ampitheatre.
Exterior shot of the Liberty Baptist Chuch at E 49th St and S South Park Way (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr) in Chicago. A large crowd gathers outside the modern church with a distinct parabolic roof, seated in rows and fanning themselves from the heat. Interior shot of the packed church, where a large "N.A.A.C.P." banner has been hung at the front of the room. Nelson Rockefeller, then Governor of New York, is seen chatting with NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins before the event starts. Shaky hand-held footage of the crowd. As Rockefeller gives a speech about his Civil Rights platform, reporters and photographers crowd the podium. Shot of a woman holding a sign that reads "HUMAN DIGNITY MUST WIN - SUPPORT THE STUDENT SIT-INS." High-angle shot surveys the scene as Rockefeller addresses the crowd of nearly 6000. Much of the audience stands in applause as Rockefeller shakes hands and waves.