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Oklahoma / King Speech Controversy #249392

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 10, 1977
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(Studio) Controversy in Boynton, OK, school, involving Martin Luther King, Junior's "I have a dream" speech cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Boynton, OK) Report on controversy surrounding school officials' refusal to allow 17-yr.-old Sherida Jones to recite King's speech in school talent show and resulting boycott of school by most blacks in town. [JONES - was denied right to say speech and there's nothing wrong with speech.] [School superintendent Harold CANTWELL - says speech has racial overtones.] Black community representatives meeting with all-white school board and planned attempt to get NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to help in situation if board doesn't reschedule talent show and allow Jones to give speech noted. [Store owner Carol CLARK - says

Cronkite, Walter

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