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Ghetto Youngsters, Sports and Education #264641

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 25, 1979
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(Studio) Los Angeles Lakers' pick of Michigan State University basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson as number 1 pick in NBA draft noted. Sports as way out of ghetto mentioned. Report on merits of education introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Success of black athletes noted. Ghetto youngsters view of this success described. television ads shown. [U. of California, Berkeley, Harry EDWARDS - says athletics isn't way out of poverty for blacks.] Unlikelihood of most ghetto kids making it into pro sports detailed. [EDWARDS - says having athletic role model means lack of emphasis on academics.] [Tennis player Arthur ASHE - comments.] Ashe's position on overemphasis on sports among black community stated. Situations of Los Angeles h.s. All-American basketball player Cliff Pruitt, who will go to University of California at Los Angeles on athletic scholarship in fall, and his friend Mike Hitchcock, who will go to Yapapai Junior College in Arizona, given as exs. [HITCHCOCK - comments on neglecting studies.] Successful television show "The White Shadow" mentioned; scene described and shown. Film courtesy MTM Productions. Lance Davidson's attempts to get Los Angeles youngsters to pay attention to studies noted. [DAVIDSON - comments.] [Reverend Jesse JACKSON - comments.]
REPORTER: Charles Osgood

Cronkite, Walter;
Osgood, Charles

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