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King Day / Racism in America #552720

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jan 19, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Nationwide observances of Martin Luther King, Junior, Day as concerns over renewed indications of racism in America appear examined; details given, scenes shown.

(Forsyth Cnty., Georgia: Kenley Jones) Observances in Atlanta following weekend attack on black marchers by residents of all-white Forsyth Cnty. featured; Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned participating in ceremonies. [Christine King FARRIS - challenges Forsyth Cnty.] [City council member Hosea WILLIAMS - agrees.] [Forsyth Sheriff Wesley WALRAVEN, Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Roger CROW - defense marchers' right to return in safety; claim Ku Klux Klan is unwelcome.] County's history of segregation reviewed. [RESIDENT - expresses his racism.] [Cnty. commissioner David GILBERT - fears county's development has been set back.] ["Forsyth Cnty. News" editor Norman BAGGS - hopes incident will have positive effect on residents' mentality.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Amherst, Massachusetts: Lisa Myers) Incr. incidents of racism on college campuses in United States examined; details given, scenes shown. [STUDENTS - describe attack by University of Massachusetts students.] [Chancellor Joseph DUFFEY - notes white students attacked first blacks they found.] Other campuses experiencing such incidents listed. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) executive director Benjamin HOOKS - believes attacks indicate new attitude; explains.] Findings of University of Michigan survey outlined. Historical footage shown. Students' historical ignorance due to age and implications for current generation's attitude toward blacks considered. [STUDENT - describes parent's opposition to affirmative action.] [STUDENT - feels racism has been reverie.] [DUFFEY - recalls King's understanding of situation.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Jones, Kenley;
Myers, Lisa

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