NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 13, 1969
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Robert Finch shuts off federal funds to 3 more South School districts who haven't integrated in Tennessee, SC, and Arkansas. Another district in SC has filed acceptable desegregation plan and will keep funds. Finch gave 60-day grace period to 5 other school districts who hadn't integrated yet.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Barnwell, SC) 2 schools all-black; rest 96% white. Town residents don't see anything wrong with it. Freedom of choice plan used here; only 31 blacks among 1,300 whites. Some parents who sent children to white schools intimidated. [Supt. L.E. McLAURIN - hopes administration change would bring change in enforcement; it hasn't.] Department of Health, Education and Welfare representatives visit Barnwell schools. [State Representative Solomon BLATT - says won't accept money if plan disagreeable to people.] [Mrs. Matthew JENKINS - doesn't think attitudes are changing.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver