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(Studio) Ceremonies honoring birthday of late Martin Luther King, Junior, mentioned, shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Atlanta, Georgia) King's role in Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church and civil rights movement reviewed. [Church MBR. - praises King.] [1967, KING - addresses congregation.] Current status of King's efforts to improve conditions for black Americans examined in detail; historical films shown. [1964, King aide John LEWIS - urges united struggle for freedom.] [Today, LEWIS - fears for current generation of black males.] [Former assistant attorney general Burke MARSHALL - thinks agenda for reaching out to blacks and minorities is absent from US.] Marshall recalled aide to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. [MARSHALL - believes white voters have perception of unfairness, that "positive adversity" to King's effort exists.] Jesse Jackson's presidential bid thought illustrating impotence of black vote; percentage of blacks voting for President Reagan or Walter Mondale last year recalled [LEWIS - cites need for racial unity as a nation]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
- Jennings, Peter;
- Threlkeld, Richard
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