ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 19, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Atlanta, Georgia: Rebecca Chase) Observances of Martin Luther King, Junior, Day here featured; scenes shown. [On videotape, President Corazon AQUINO - accepts King peace prize; recalls assassinated husband's faith in King's ideals.] Recent racial violence against black marchers in Forsyth Cnty., Georgia, recalled, shown. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ, Coretta Scott KING - refer to Forsyth incident; praise King.] Nationwide observances described, shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) National status of King Day as federal versus state holiday indicated on map.
(Phoenix, Arizona: Tom Schell) Reaction here to Governor-elect Evan Mecham's rescinding of King Day as state holiday, ordered by former Governor Bruce Babbitt, featured; details given, scenes shown. [MECHAM - denies he's a racist.] Mecham's dismissal of need for King holiday, appearing in "Phoenix" magazine, and his other controversial racial-oriented remarks quoted on screen. [BABBITT - accuses Mecham of paranoia, lack of understanding.] Mecham's meeting with Jesse Jackson mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. cntrys. celebrating King Day mentioned.
(Montgomery, Alabama: Jim Wooten) Irony in Alabama Governor George Wallace's retirement on King Day examined; details given, scenes shown. Wallace's role as opponent to King's civil rights movement reviewed; historical footage shown. [1963, WALLACE - "segregation now...segregation forever" speech.] Wallace's political career described. [Governor Guy HUNT - notes both King and Wallace paid sacrifice.] [WALLACE - comments.]
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