ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 15, 1977
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(Studio) 1st incident of federal involvement in public school integration noted; occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957, when President Eisenhower sent in troops to enforce court integration rulings. Today Civil Rights Commission says big city black children still don't get equal education with whites and suggests busing them to suburbs.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(DC) (Films of busing in Louisville, Kentucky, and Boston, Massachusetts, shown.) Busing in Louisville and Boston has met with some success, but today's report says 1968 (Otto) Kerner Commission report, that there are 2 separate societies, remains essentially unchanged. [Commission chairperson Arthur FLEMMING - says government at all levels has played part in arriving at present situation. Says to break up segregation students must be reassigned and to do that transport must be provided.] Commission says more, not less, busing will have to be used to desegregate; this is opposite of view taken by Justice Department and Attorney General Griffin Bell, who feels busing is last resort. (Film of Bell December, 1976, shown.) Bell said Sunday recent Supreme Court decisions had limited scope of court-ordered busing; today, on West coast, has no further comment. Though Commission has no real power, report makes clear it will pressure Carter administration to put campaign promises into active federal policy.
REPORTER: Bill Matney
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