NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 11, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Meridian, Mississippi: Ken Bode) Feature on "Mississippi Burning", movie about civil rights activities in Mississippi in 1964 that is a fictionalized account of modern-day lynching of three civil rights workers, presented; scenes shown from film. Circumstances surrounding deaths of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner detailed. [Reverend Martin Luther KING, Junior - recalls three missing movement members.] Historical scenes shown of civil rights marches and KKK activity in Mississippi; film and fact described; famous photograph of Neshoba Cnty. sheriff Lawrence Rainey shown. [Scott Cnty. "Times" editor Sid SALTER - recalls photo and incident in Philadelphia, Mississippi.] [Mississippi secretary of state Dick MOLPUS - discusses movie and what Mississippi is today.] [State representative Charles YOUNG - recalls disappearance of civil rights workers.] [On August 4, 1964, NEWSMAN - announces finding of bodies.] Historical scenes shown of memorial service for Chaney. [Funeral director James BISHOP - says black children don't know about struggle.] [SALTER - discusses lessons of movie.] Chaney's mutilated gravesite shown.