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Birmingham Church Bombings / Civil Rights Movement / Indictments #254353

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 1977
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(Studio) 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, Baptist church bombing, at height of civil rights campaign in south, noted; 4 black girls were killed. Indictment has now been handed down in case.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Birmingham, Alabama) Background of case noted. (Film shown.) Despite continuing investigations, no indictments had been made. Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley ordered another investigation this year, and indictment of former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Chambliss is outcome. Authorities say indictment against Georgia white supremacy advocate J.B. Stoner, for bombing of another black church in 1958, will be served later. Chambliss and Stoner say indictments political, in attempt to publicize Baxley's gubernatorial campaign. [STONER - says Baxley would destroy anyone, regardless of innocence, to further own political career.] Baxley says indictments are result of FBI opening their files and of change in public attitude. [BAXLEY - says people used to be afraid of Klan, but now know organization for what it is and that agencies no longer put up with Klan's activities.] Attorney general's office now investigates at least 40 apparently racial bombings that took place in Birmingham in late 1950's and early 1960's.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce

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