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Decision 1984 / Mississippi #535985

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 17, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(Neshoba Cnty., Mississippi) Neshoba Cnty., Mississippi, history of racism, and civil rights movement effort to register black voters reviewed; related violence recalled. Murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner during voter registration violence also recalled. [Jesse JACKSON - calls for honoring victims' memory by voting.] Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner recalled victims of Ku Klux Klan; films and photos of that era shown. Passage of Civil Rights Act 20 years ago mentioned. Organizer David Dennis noted KKK's actual target on night of trio's murder; details given. [DENNIS - recalls experience.] [1962, DENNIS - eulogizes victims.] [DENNIS - recalls impact of meeting Chaney's family.] Destruction of Mt. Zion church due to its role in Freedom Schools and black voter registration recalled; Martin Luther King, Junior,'s visit with J.R. Cole remembered. [COLE - recalls being beaten night church was burned; notes status of blacks here now; believes situation will eventually improve for blacks; anticipates black President some day.] [JACKSON - feels Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner didn't die in vain.] [DENNIS - notes importance of Jackson as symbol to black youth.] Ben Chaney's inability to cope with bro.'s murder described.

Bode, Ken;
Chung, Connie

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