CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) 10th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis noted. Memorial services in Memphis and at King tomb in Atlanta cited. Film shown. [Coretta KING - calls for continued striving for equality and freedom for all people.] Spec. report is on where civil rights mvt. stands now.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Films shown. Legis. against discrimination and continued problems for blacks, especially in unemployment, described. [National Urban League president Vernon JORDAN - resents unfulfilled campaign promises with regard to jobs and other actions continuing high unemployment.] [President CARTER - says reports that he, cabinet and Congress don't care about poor hurts poor.] Reasons for slowdown in civil rights dvts. stated. [JORDAN - believes wts. in American feel that they gave blacks their rights in 1960's and now want to be left alone.] [Congress Black Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - has single goal: economy parity for blacks. Says economy parity brings political and social parity.] Case of Grady family in Plainfield, New Jersey, outlined; important of their jobs noted. [Celia GRADY - says family doesn't have money to sit for while without work and still survive.] Situation of Mrs. Grady's son-in-law and daughter, Larry and Lucretia Overy, described; their support for Reverend Jesse Jackson's efforts to get blacks to do more for selves. [Mrs. OVERY - says person has to want to make changes within self and that many changes can be made.] Jackson's call for revolution in black attitudes to go with legal revolution outlined. [JACKSON - talks to children.] Jordan's method of lobbying for greater participation in business reported [JORDAN - talks about continued racism in American's institution structure and difficulties in fighting contd. discrimination against blacks and other minorities.] Black movement's specialties cited, using NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) attys.' plans for court fights as example; is noted these cases often are to protect past gains and Bakke reverse discrimination case given as example [MITCHELL - thinks most Americans side with Bakke rather than with affirmative action and that this doesn't auger well for blacks' future in US.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) executive director Benjamin HOOKS - talks about blacks' seeking broader base of support.] Blacks' goals for next 10 years listed.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin