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Town Boycott / Alabama #199500

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 06, 1968
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(Studio) Report on busman. G. T. Miller and his change of heart.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Luverne, Alabama) 40 years ago, Miller member of KKK. Stated in federal court that he killed number Negroes in self-defense back then. Acquitted by white jury. He renounced Ku Klux Klan and now is helping Negroes find jobs. He employs some himself and works with civil rights. Most whites despise him. He refused to fire Negro whose son transferred to county school. [MILLER - says needed that "nigger" to work and he needed a job. Couldn't see why I should fire him because his son going to school. He should have education like my boy. Bus. fell off 60-70%.] He and Mrs. Miller shown leaving church. Busman. tried to prevent filming. [REPORTER - asks him why he pushed tree limb in camera lens.] [BUSMAN. - says trying to keep you from showing what's going on.] [Pastor Jesse GANN - says people not doing business with Miller like they once did. Don't feel it's organization boycott.] Miller has had to layoff some workers due to boycott. Gann feels Miller made some unfair charges against white busmen. [MILLER - says like to see cnty. pull together for benefit of cnty., city, state and nation Try to teach folks to love one another and get along.] He's losing $1,500 a month and may have to quit business Miller shown crying. Sign that says Luverne is "friendliest city in South" debatable.

Kuralt, Charles;
Rabel, Ed

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