CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 14, 1977
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(Studio) Report on beginning of trial in Birmingham, Alabama, with regard to incident that happened during height of civil rights struggle.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Birmingham, Alabama) Bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, in which 4 young black girls were killed, described. (Film shown.) Building's use as city civil rights headquarters led by Martin Luther King, Junior noted. Trial which opens today charges former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Chambliss with murder of one of 4 girls, Denise McNair; expected testimony of girl's father, now state representative, noted. Controversy surrounding prosecutor in case, Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley, described. Court proceedings noted, incl. statements of Baxley, defense attorney Art Hanes, Junior and Judge Wallace Gibson. Further such indictments in this and several similar incidents of 1960's to come, according to Alabama officials.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall Artist: Peggy Gage