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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) Civil Rights Commission reports desegregation progressing substantially thanks to judges, community and school leaders, but no thanks to President Ford and some congress members
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Report, based on year-long study, says desegregation works. On busing issue, commission says it takes issue with President and congress members who want to curb role of courts [Civil Rights Commission Chairperson Arthur FLEMMING - says judges have done good job in sizing up situation and planning ways to protect constitutional rights of students.] NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) representative Clarence Mitchell commends commission and criticizes political ptys. stands on school busing. [MITCHELL - says outbreaks in Belfast, Beirut, and other places will look like picnic if any in United States attempt constitutional change with regard to rights minorities have fought for.] Flemming says he hopes to keep issue before nation during presidential campaign.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Ford says Depts. of Justice and Department of Health, Education and Welfare have followed law; has faith in Attorney General and Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Commission praises some cities efforts in desegregation, criticizes others, has mixed feelings with regard to Boston.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Boston, Massachusetts) Commission says busing in Boston general proceeded smoothly, but criticized lack of leadership from Mayor Kevin White and school committee mbrs. Opponents of busing say racial problems caused drop in enrollment. [Boston school committee chairperson John McDONOUGH - says it's unrealistic to think school leaders will advocate busing when people elected them because they oppose it.] [Mayor WHITE - says Boston working way through difficult problem and he sees future here. Says it's easy to criticize from outside.] [Boston NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president Tom ATKINS - says except for few schools desegregation has proceeded smoothly and is credit to students and parents.] [City council president Louise Day HICKS - says white flight from Boston causing resegregation of schools and education won't be better.] No one knows what to expect when schools open in September, but opposition to busing thought to be as vigorous as ever.
REPORTER: David Culhane (WNAC-TV)

Kalb, Bernard;
Mudd, Roger

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