CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 05, 1968
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(Studio) Atlanta representatives try to keep racial situation cool.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Atlanta, Georgia) [Mayor Ivan ALLEN - talks to group of blacks about what they need.] [BLACK - says blacks need better housing and more jobs.] Allen's constituency 50% black. [2nd BLACK - says want something done with regard to housing.] [ALLEN - asks man if he has trouble finding place to live at reasonable cost.] [ALLEN - says we're taking action that crime commission report advocated.] Antipoverty agencies and Georgia Department Labor sponsor job mobile. It helps find jobs for jobless. [Frank RIDLEY - calls someone on phone for summer employment program conducted by National Alliance Busmen.] White execs. try to get jobs for black teens. [RIDLEY - tells man that employment not throwing money away but he knows his own situation best.] 1,400 teens get jobs. Street cleaning and garbage collecting big thing for ghettos. Low cost housing replacing slums. Portable stage moved in. Portable pools brought in and police open fire hydrants to provide showers. Teens from ghetto supervise; no guns. Some feel it's not enough. [Black POLICEMAN - says white police can work in Negro areas but black police can't work in white areas.] [ALLEN - says Negro police can arrest anyone in city but mostly used in black areas because community more receptive. Some things for whites with some overlapping.] [Black POLICEMAN - says white police will never be accepted in black community until allowed to work with black policeman in area.] March held to show concern for poor's problems; mostly white marchers. No rioting here after Martin Luther King's death. [Reformed ex-convict John "Malt Liquor" PATRICK - says won't get riled up over nothing anymore. Rather talk it over.] Atlanta doing more than most cities to convince ghetto it's trying to do something to help. Allen shown greeting bystanders.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel