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South Africa / Soweto Riots Anniversary / African Lobby #258346

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1978
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(Studio) Observance of 2nd anniversary of Soweto riots in South Africa reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Soweto, South Africa) Security precautions in advance of anniversary, alleged by government not to be connected with it, detailed. Soweto's quietness on anniversary, with memorial church services carried out, reported Service at Regina Mundi Roman Catholic Church, made famous by Senator Robert Kennedy who spoke there in early 1960's, mentioned.
REPORTER: Robin Wright

(Studio) Earlier report on lobbying efforts in United States by South African wts. recalled. Upcoming report on black African lobby noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Randall Robinson's registration with Congress as 1st black American lobby dir. stated; his organization is Trans-Africa. [ROBINSON - says question is how, not whether, tide of African history and logic will sweep south.] Amts. of money spent by South African white lobby contrasted to that spent by rest of African lobby. Growth in strength of United States groups' efforts to counter white African lobby noted; student protests at univs., demanding schools sell stk. in companies doing business with South Africa given as example Films shown; univs. selling stock listed. Lobbyist Ted LOCKWOOD - says situation is seen by some as potential Vietnam repeat.] American corps. discussion of own involvements in South Africa outlined. [GM chairperson Thomas MURPHY - admits company has been in South Africa for 50 years; says they are trying to improve things in cntry. for all people there.] Other corps. in similar situation listed; growing shareholder support for company's divesting ints. in South Africa cited. US banks no longer making loans to South Africa listed. [Senator Dick CLARK - notes companies like to keep low profile on South African investments.] Details given about Washington Office on Africa and its support from various important and influential United States agencies and orgs.; these listed. Concern of white African lobby about this situation described. [S. African Info. Service spokesperson Carl NOFFKE - says if all Washington Office support taken into consideration, there would be found almost hidden organization fighting South Africa.] South African claims with regard to Broadway attitudes against them detailed; presentation of play "The Biko Inquest" given as example and details about play also given. Film of play shown. Stephen Biko's death recalled. Potential for African lobbying situation to become important domestic issue in United States outlined.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Wright, Robin
Duration:
00:06:10

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