ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 07, 1985
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(Studio) Civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, recalled catalyst for 1965 Voting Rights Act.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Atlanta, Georgia) Observation of march's anniversary featured; current Governor George Wallace recalled governor of Alabama in 1965 as well. March 25, 1965, march on Montgomery reviewed; films shown. [1965, Martin Luther KING, Junior - won't be stopped by racism.] [Today, Joseph LOWERY - remains committed to continuing struggle.] King recalled present for White House signing of Voting Rights Act (shown); Reagan administration's current "belittlement" of King's movement heirs said calculated effort to divide black community. President Reagan's criticism of present civil rights leaders recalled. [Civil Rights Commission chairperson Clarence PENDLETON - accuses black leaders of "peddling pain" and excessive criticism of budget cuts in food stamp programs.] [Aide to Vice President, Steve RHODES - claims President understands black community is larger than membership of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) .] [Jesse JACKSON - thinks President's current strategy is substitute for direct communication.] Jackson's interpretation of President's approach outlined. [Attorney Leslie BOND - fears middle class blacks have become apathetic about civil rights struggle.] Susie LaBorde's effort to keep day care center open after federal budget cut mentioned. [Georgia state senate Julian BOND - notes Republicans avoid mentioning civil rights as reason for blacks to join party]
REPORTER: Jim Wooten