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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 15, 1977
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(Studio) White parents and students on Chicago southwest side protest bussed integration of schools.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Film of demonstration shown. Melanie Turner,black 7 year old, was one of children bused in. Is now dead of diagnosed sickle cell anemia. Her dying words were those shouted by protesters, (heard in film of protest). [Mother Mrs. Helen TURNER - tells of child saying "Go back, go back, go back where you belong."] [Brother Marvin TURNER - recalls his sister's fear.] Melanie's doctor now says she died of an infection, not sickle cell anemia triggered by hostility. Spokesperson Midwest Association for Sickle Cell Anemia agrees. Some doctors think hostility may have contributed to her death. [Internal medicine Dr. Andrew THOMAS - says stress affects sickle cell victims.] [Pathologist Dr. Earl CALDWELL - says crisis -situations produce crises.] [Dean, Erikson Institution, Joan COSTELLO - talks of effects of antibusing hostility on the children.]

Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob

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