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Integration / South Carolina #442144

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 03, 1968
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(Studio) Federal government tries to get South schools to integrate faster. South Carolina reactions typical.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Columbia, SC) White and black children attend school together. No trouble. Parents use freedom of choice plan under which children can go anywhere. 1 of 5 blacks goes to white school. Department of Health, Education and Welfare threatens aid cut unless zone plan used. [Free Choice Committee Jim SIKES - says they don't allow extremists or agitators. They are biracial group. Feels their system is best for area.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Reverend I.D. NEWMAN - says freedom of choice doesn't integrate except tokenly. 21% token because no whites at black schools. Zoning more democrat Would bring single rather than dual system.] [Caldwell WITHERS - says we'd go to zoning plan if courts directed.]
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Cameron, SC) Only white school closed after integration ordered. Whites took children out of school. White teachers and principal quit when some ordered to go to black school. 2 black schools open. Govt. pressure doesn't bring about integration.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Columbia, SC) Parents say there will be more integration if left alone.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

(Cameron, SC) Govt. got its way here. Now only 1 school system: black.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Brinkley, David;
Nessen, Ron

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