NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 19, 1968
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(Studio) Credentials Committee deciding who'll be seated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Chicago, Illinois) 4 years ago, Mississippi Democratic delegation fought about it. Then, Democratic Party promised there'd be no racial blocks to future conv. participation. Regular Mississippi Democratic Party has 68 delegates and alternates; only 1 Negro. Racially mixed group, 1/2 black and 1/2 white, challenges their seats. 40% Mississippi black. [SPKR. - asks Evers if his house ever shot into.] [Loyal Mississippi Democrats spokesperson Charles EVERS - says house shot into after ran for Congress and defeated white opponents. Ask for chance to straighten American up and kill hate, bickering and hate-mongers. Let's make Democratic Party what it should be. If door closed in our face, God help us.] [Regular Mississippi Democrats spokesperson Charles CLARK - says convention delegation that comes here, comes with full compliance with call of convention Complied with letter and spirit of call and with Mississippi laws. Mississippi Democratic Party made more progress than any other state since 1964 convention with open, free, full participation in party affairs.] Loyalists also charge political discrimination against local and national Democrats Say regulars gave Mississippi to Barry Goldwater in 1964 and most support George Wallace now. Regulars deny this. Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern have all endorsed racially mixed challengers. Most feel challengers will be seated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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