ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 15, 1979
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(Studio) Swearing in of new Alabama governor, near spot where Jefferson Davis once took oath of office as president of the Confederacy, noted to mean change in career of former Governor George Wallace and indicates change in entry. New governor reported to be Forrest James.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Montgomery, Alabama) Differences in today's inauguration of James and in Wallace's 1st inauguration in 1963 described. Films shown. [WALLACE - (1963 inauguration) calls for continued segregation. (Recent interview) Still believes in that policy, but says it's over and that this is good.] Wallace's campaign pledge, carried out, to stand in doorway blocking integration of University of Alabama mentioned. [Univ. president David MATTHEWS - says incident made people see Alabama only in terms of racial issue.] [WALLACE - says racial climate was never as media described. States reasons for delaying Selma, Alabama, civil rights march in 1965.] [MAN - says Wallace had to take positions in Alabama in order to be elected in rest of country and that these made him unelectable.] [WALLACE - could have been president in 1972, but for assassination attempt in MD.] James inaugural statements outlined; Martin Luther King, Junior, mentioned. [JAMES - calls for burying negative prejudice of past.]
REPORTER: David Snell