Before "Black Lives Matter": A 1959 Speech About Police Brutality

Part one of a four-part series from the film archive of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sept. 16, 2016 - In this profound piece of footage filmed for a documentary by Madeline Anderson, civil rights attorney R. Jess Brown addresses a meeting of the NAACP to deplore the killing of Al Garrett, an African-American man, by a New York City police officer in Brooklyn. Garrett had been arrested for carrying an empty beer bottle. In the police station, the officer shot and fatally wounded the young man. The shooting has parallels to similar events in our own time, especially as the means to capture video footage of the killings has become widespread. This film is now preserved at the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The film, Integration Report I, is represented for Madeline Anderson by the distributor Icarus Films. http://icarusfilms.com
NMAAHC 2012.79.1.103.1a

NAACP Protest Rally
2009.50.39
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Gift of Pearl Bowser
Copyright: Madeline Anderson, through Icarus Films