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Black Americans (Part II) #292398

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 23, 1983
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(Studio) Langston Hughes quoted.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis

(No location given) Factors affecting historical stability of American black family structure examined. [Gail COHN - notes her family's continuing acceptance of her despite pregnancy out of wedlock.] Related statistics outlined on screen, discussed. Rise in single parent households among blacks headed by women examined; Michelle McRae's case cited as example [McRAE - acknowledges difficulty in raising children alone.] [COUNSELOR - considers motive of unwed black teenage parents.] [Former EEOC chairperson Eleanor NORTON - notes anomaly of building on disadvantage rather than opposite.] Median family income of single parent households headed by white and black women compared on screen; welfare system's structure noted encouraging males to abandon family responsibilities. [NORTON - proposes new limited welfare program.] [Center for Youth Services spokesperson Myra KING - acknowledges concern of black community over situation.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Kurtis, Bill;
Tucker, Lem

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