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Black Progress / King / Alabama / Baxley #245727

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Apr 04, 1976
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(Studio) Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated 8 years ago today.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Alabama) Film shows civil rights protests, which were met by violence from local authorities. Bomb explodes in black church September 1963. 4 girls killed. 13 years later, Alabama representatives say they know who was responsible and are seeking evidence for trial. In Jam. of 1957, Ku Klux Klan members forced Willie Edwards Junior, 25, to jump off bridge after beating and threatening him. They falsely accused him of making advances to white woman. His body found 3 mos. later. 3 ex-Ku Klux Klan members indicted for Edwards' death. WSFA-TV film shows them. Ex-KEK member who testified was granted immunity from prosecution. [Alabama attorney gem. Bill BAXLEY - says crimes not forgotten by their families.] Baxley has brought the cases up to public's attention again. Reopening of cases viewed as political progress. [Alabama black caucus Joe REED - says Baxley should be commended for opening up old wounds. Blacks have come long way; have long way to go.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Goldberg, Bernard;
Schieffer, Bob

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