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Mississippi / Miss Mississippi #317415

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 04, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Vicksburg, Mississippi: Bill Whitaker) Significance of Mississippi's selection of first black woman as Miss Mississippi for participation in Miss America contest examined; details given, scenes shown. [Columnist Bill MINOR - notes importance of event.] State's history of racism and violence during civil rights era reviewed; historical footage shown. [1960s, Governor Ross BARNETT - denies James Meredith entry to University of Mississippi.] [Today, university STUDENTS - dismiss such scenes as belonging in the past.] Soc., political and econ. advances of black Mississippians described. [Representative Mike ESPY - comments.] [Governor William ALLAIN - praises state's progress.] Mississippi's contd. econ. problems, especially for blacks, detailed. [ESPY - is optimistic.] [State senate Henry KIRKSEY - acknowledges hurdles yet faced.] [Writer Willie MORRIS - cites long-range implications of current generation's social integration.]

Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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