CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 05, 1969
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(Studio) Charles Evers, 1st black mayor of biracial Mississippi town since Reconstruction, says must build from ground up.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Fayette. Mississippi) Charles is brother of slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers. Town government nearly broke. [EVERS - cites lack of funds until October No money to pay city workers.] Money for this year spent by previous administration [EVERS - says don't know why, but no money left. They spent $12,000 in last 2 mos.] Audit shows budget overspent by $8,000. City workers agree to work until crisis resolved. [POLICEMAN - tells of part-time work.] [2nd POLICEMAN - knows money will be available sometime.] [EVERS - tells group to tell government what's wrong.] Evers holds weekly complaint session; orders 1 a.m. curfew and bans teenagers from places where beer and liquor sold. [MAN - says don't have enough money to separate eating and drinking facilities.] [EVERS - says don't want to run people out of business, need money. People won't send gifts if they think we let young get drunk.] Evers to make speeches for money. [EVERS - says doesn't mind asking for money.] Friends on outside needed to help.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel