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American Legion / Minnesota Protest #6136

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 1969
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(Studio) Negro Mississippi girl, Regina Hicks, charges Minnesota Auxiliary American Legion with discrimination. She's elected Minnesota representative to Legion program called "Girls' Nation"
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) Director Women Vs. Auxiliary Girls' State asked Regina if she loved her country [HICKS - says I told her I don't love US, though I respect it. I love tangible things. Too many bad things here to love cntry.] She was replaced by 2 white girls, leading to charge of discrimi- nation. Minnesota public schools threaten to withdraw from program. Previous black representative Joyce Smith is now attorney [SMITH - says I went in 1956 as girl with black face and white mind. Said all proper things.] Hicks to appear at DC convention and try to be seated as protester. Urban League and NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to protest on her behalf.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

Smith, Howard K.;
Tuckner, Howard

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