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King Assassination Anniversary / Civil Rights Progress #25635

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 04, 1973
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(Studio) Dr. Martin Luther King murdered 5 years ago today.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Selma, Alabama) Selma march in 1965 paved way for 1965 Voting Rights Act and for rapid increase in number black elected officials. Reverend Andrew Young was in Selma march; is now representative for Georgia's fifth Congress district. Young and Congress Barbara Jordan of Texas are visible tip of black political iceberg. Representative Robert Clark only black in Mississippi state legislature, but Senator Leroy Johnson and 16 other blacks include in Georgia legislature Black legislators numerous in almost all South states at present. Most black officials hold local offices, however. Tuskegee, Alabama, has black Mayor John Ford. Mayor Fayette, Mississippi, Charles Evers, invites 35 other black mayors to their first annual convention. [EVERS - says blacks beginning to have power within system.] 5 of 10 men on Selma city council now black.
REPORTER: David Snell

Smith, Howard K.;
Snell, David

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