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Alabama / Black Students Strike #263691

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 10, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Sumter Cnty., Alabama) Black boycott of Sumter Cnty., Alabama, schools due to deterioration of school system since majority of whites left system in 1970 when federal government ordered desegregation detailed. Films shown. [WOMAN - says schools aren't fit for hogs.] Refusal of white superintendent and predominantly white school board to answer questions put to them by black parents noted. [Boycott leader Wendell PARIS - says school board is indifferent.] Creation of private Sumter Academy 9 years ago and attendance by majority of white students in county cited. Present physical condition of Sumter school system outlined. Lack of political power by blacks in cnty. cited. [School board member Robt COOK - sides with white board mbrs.] Aubrey Ellis reported only white member of board who would comment [ELLIS - isn't optimistic about settlement of boycott.] Bd.'s action with regard to students' absenteeism reported.

Ford, Sam;
Mudd, Roger

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