NBC Evening News for Friday, Jun 09, 1978
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(Studio) Report is on problems for black people farming own land.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Holmes Cnty., Mississippi) [Farmer Lonzy RANDOLPH, Senior - talks of losing farm he's worked for 60 years for $2000 because of incident that he knew nothing about.] Incident described, concerning traffic accident in which Lonzy Randolph, Junior, was involved and summoned to court in Sumter Cnty., Alabama. [Federal of Southern Cooperatives spokesperson Billy Jean YOUNG - says many times people don't understand legal problems involved and by time matter gets to attorney, it's too late.] Dwindling amount of black-owned land in US, mostly in South, described. Randolph's ability to save farm by borrowing money from Atlanta-based organization, The Emergency Land Fund, dedicated solely to preserving black-owned land, reported [Fund president Joseph BROOKS - discusses tradition of racial discrimination in agriculture] Ways blacks in South have lost land listed. Case of Tom and Mary Anderson, of Holmes Cnty., Mississippi, given as ex. [ANDERSON - says white man can take black's land, can do anything he wants.] Return of some disillusioned blacks to South to find much less than they left described. Projection of problem of black land losses, based on past figs., detailed. [National Association of Landowners spokesperson John DAVIS - asks those who have had land troubles to sit in special section.] Recent org. of National Association of Landowners to fight land losses and its battle to do this cited. [DAVIS - tells other people to come to special section.] [RANDOLPH - talks about family's length of time on land. Is thinking of own children and of father.] "TEITLEBAUM UPDATE" (Studio) Update on situation of Joseph Teitlebaum, key witness in government case against racketeering on docks, whose protection by United States marshals was about to be taken away by Justice Department because of his refusal to enter federal secret witness program.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington, John Chancellor