ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) Civil Rights Commission releases results of 10-mo. study of school desegregation. In general, report praises efforts throughout cntry., but says some government officials lack leadership
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Report says school busing to achieve desegregation works, but only where strong leadership at all government levels applied. President Ford and members of Congress criticized for hampering courts in effecting desegregation. Cmsn. chairperson Arthur Flemming asked about anti-busing planks in 2 political party's platforms. [FLEMMING - says hopes candidates and ptys. will reread report and recognize constitutional right of children to participate in desegregated school program.] NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Clarence Mitchell has little use for either platform, but especially Republican's anti-busing constitutional amendment plank. [MITCHELL - says Beirut, Belfast and others will look like picnic if anyone tries to change Constitution denying minority groups rights they've fought and died for.] Report makes busing more of campaign issue than either party wanted or intended.
REPORTER: Jim Kincaid