NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 09, 1968
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(Studio) Supreme Court ordered public school integration 10 years ago. West Virginia one of 1st states to obey. Bluefield State College integrated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Bluefield State College, West Virginia) 65% student body now white. Formerly all black. Black students protested white teachers, charged discrimination. Protests become violent. Physical education building bombed. 4 Negro students, 1 non-student arrested; college closed for a time. President's home threatened. [President Wendell HARDWAY - considers situation. Says minority of students want Negro domination. Has grown personally more cautious.] [SPOKESMAN - tells students of new security rules.] Dorms closed due to bomb threats. Negro students find housing scarce. Student body president is Vernon Oakes. [OAKES - believes unrest to continue. Black students seek fair shake, or closing of school.] Campus closed each afternoon at 4:00. Possibility of school becoming all white considered.
REPORTER: Don Oliver
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