CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 03, 1978
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(Studio) 10th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Junior's, death at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, for which James Earl Ray is serving prison sentence, noted. Following is 1st of 2 reports on what King's death meant to cntry. and civil rights movement
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Atlanta, Georgia) Films and photos shown. Background of King's activism in civil rights movement, from Montgomery and Birmingham to DC, given; his funeral mentioned. [KING - speaks of all people being free.] President Johnson's signing of Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 and King's winning Nobel Prize mentioned. Also outlined are King's defeats &attacks on him; his opposition to Vietnam war cited. King's assassination in Memphis in 1968 detailed. [Reverend Ralph ABERNATHY - describes scene immediately after King's shooting, include comment of present United Nations ambassador Andrew Young and own reaction.] Results of King's death in civil rights movement, include attempt of Southern Christian Leadership Conference to carry on work, examined. [State senate Julian BOND - notes problems for Abernathy in following King as president of SCLC.] [Southern Christian Leadership Conference executive director Hosea WILLIAMS - says Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff seemed to divide after King's death and organization became weak.] Young's movement into national pols., Jesse Jackson's move to start Operation PUSH in Chicago and Coretta King's use of contributions to build Martin Luther King, Junior Center for Social Change reported [ABERNATHY - feels many give to Center unaware of fact that Southern Christian Leadership Conference will get
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