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Voting Rights Act / Louisiana #241164

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 24, 1975
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(Studio) Senator debates House bill to extend key provisions of 1965 Voting Rights Act.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Houma, LA) [John LEWIS - explains to blacks how voting can help.] Lewis was chairperson SNCC; beaten and arrested during 1960's while trying to register blacks. Now director of Voter education project. [LEWIS - says need as many people to vote as possible.] Louisiana has 237 elected black representatives 2 1/2 million blacks registered since 1965 in 11 South states. [LEWIS - says still fear in South states about voting.] If act not extended, Lewis says same threats could pervade areas where progress made.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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