NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 20, 1969
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(Studio) Memphis Negroes hold 2nd Black Monday They want school and hospital improvements. 65,000 black school-children stayed home.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Memphis, Tennessee) They want representative on school board and union of private hospital workers. March shown. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Spokesperson Dr. Ezekiel BELL - calls it disgrace for Saint Joseph's hospital to act like it does.] Hospital accuses union of injecting race into issue. School population 55% black, but board all white. [White Citizens Council Les BIRCHFIELD - urges matter be dropped.] [O.Z. EVERS - says hate pitiful.] [Bd. President Edgar BAILEY - calls for quiet.] [EVERS - asks for equal basis representative or no city school system.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn