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House Assassinations Committee Hearings #500171

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 14, 1978
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(Studio) House hearings on assassination of Martin Luther King, Junior, reported; scheduled testimony of James Earl Ray mentioned. Civil rights leader and King assistant Reverend Ralph Abernathy's appearance before committee reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [ABERNATHY - believes King assassination was both political and a conspiracy.] Questioning by Abernathy and committee members of FBI and police activity on night of King's murder in Memphis noted. Film shown. Abernathy's charges about law enforcement activities outlined. [ABERNATHY - says many FBI men at time were racist and white Southerners and FBI badge didn't change thinking.] Late J. Edgar Hoover's remarks about King quoted. Abernathy's other testimony outlined, include call for new trial for Ray if committee can't prove he shot King. Film shown (video difficulty).

Brinkley, David;
Kur, Bob

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