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School Desegregation / Nixon / North Carolina #202466

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 06, 1969
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(Studio) Nixon reverses campaign stand; withdraws funds from South school districts not complying with federal regulations.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [NIXON - feels funds should be denied if freedom of choice plan subterfuge for segregation. Appropriate if brings end to segregation. Supports laws on desegregation, difficult to implement. School districts should comply with law.
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) 5 districts where aid suspended given 60 days to come up with plan to regain aid.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Williamston, North Carolina) Martin Company has 16 schools, 7 all-black, 1 all-white, and 8 others have admitted 250 blacks under freedom of choice plan. HEW Secretary Robert Finch says not enough, but gave 60 days to meet guidelines. Gentler line might be more acceptable to Nixon backer, Senator Strom Thurmond. [Southern Christian Leadership Conference Sara SMALL - points out Nixon calls for law and order; school board breaking law.] [Chairperson School Bd. Leroy HARRISON - says whites won't accept 50-50 right now.] Federal aid amounts to $750,000 of $3 million annual budget. Department of Health, Education and Welfare representatives meet with school board Black community might not be content with minimums. [SMALL - declares time for action.] [Bd. member Macon HOLLIDAY - feels it will work out fine; won't be problem.] [HARRISON - declares it is more than some want to take right now with law.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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