NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 25, 1976
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(Studio) Virgil Hawkins finally becomes lawyer after 27 years
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Leesburg, Florida) Hawkins' long struggle to become lawyer detailed. [HAWKINS - says he filed suit to be able to attend white law school. Explains reasons.] Hawkins won case in Supreme Court after 3 tries. After finishing law school in New England, Hawkins mentally, physically broke. After another court suit against Florida, Hawkins finally attorney at age 70. [HAWKINS - recalls remarks about his being born to serve whites.] Hawkins' wife Ida has worked all these years Hawkins decides to give free legal advice at Poverty Agency. [HAWKINS - says sometimes it's necessary to work, suffer and wait for what one wants.]
REPORTER: Fred Francis