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CBS ReportsЖ

Historic CBS programs (1960s-70s) dealing with issues related to African American equality and civil rights. Dist.: Films Media Group.
Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed? [Pt. 1] Filmed in 1979 in Tupelo, Lexington and other Mississippi locals, this program examines the gains made by African-Americans in the areas of education, employment, housing, health care and politics 25 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to outlaw public school segregation. Segregationist academies and Ku Klux Klan activities are also investigated, to demonstrate how integration was being sidestepped by some and openly resisted by others. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on July 24, 1979. Correspondent: Ed Bradley. 52 min.
Blacks in America: With All Deliberate Speed? [Pt. 2] Filmed in 1979, correspondent Ed Bradley travels to his hometown of Philadelphia, to assess how African-Americans have been faring 25 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to outlaw public school segregation. Quality education, employment opportunities, fair and adequate housing and political representation are addressed, as are issues of illiteracy, de facto segregation and racial violence. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on July 25, 1979. Correspondent: Ed Bradley. 51 min.
Busing. In 1971, when busing was first mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Swann ruling, it strongly polarized public opinion in many communities. Filmed only five years after the controversial precedent was first put into practice, this news program looks at events in Charlotte and Boston, two places that stand as icons in the busing battle. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on May 28, 1976. Correspondent: Charles Collingwood. 53 min.
The Chicago Riots. The catalyst for the Chicago rioting was an incident over black children trying to cool off at a fire hydrant. CBS News presents this special report, produced as the arson and looting raged that summer of 1966. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was in the city trying to restore order, talks at length with Mike Wallace about the underlying causes and the ongoing dialogue with Chicago mayor Richard Daley and his administration. The program offers blow-by-blow coverage of the events as well as commentary from civic and religious leaders, witnesses, and law enforcement officials to provide a contemporary overview of a society on the verge of anarchy. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on July 15, 1966. Correspondent: Mike Wallace, Bill Plante. 31 min.
Filibuster. Examines the stormy passage of Civil Rights Bill H.R. 7152 through the House of Representatives. Filmed in 1964, it begins with a report on the controversial bill's history, from its introduction by John F. Kennedy to the eve of its debate on the Senate Floor. Following that report, Eric Sevareid moderates as Senators Hubert Humphrey and Strom Thurmon engage in a live television debate on the bill's merits. Film footage of John and Robert Kennedy, Justice Dept. officials Nicholas Katzenbach and Burke Marshall, President Lyndon Johnson and the racial clashes of the early 60s captures the tensions that surrounded this most comprehensive civil righs law since Reconstruction. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on March 18, 1964. Correspondent: Eric Sevareid. 55 min. From Washington: Report on Integration. In 1957, the eyes of America were on Little Rock, where the compulsory desegregation of Central High School was front-page news. But what about the broader picture? How successful had integration efforts in the South been in the three years following the Brown decision? This program filmed at that time brings together a panel of newsmen from the Southern Education Reporting Service to assess -- against the backdrop of anti-integration violence -- the overall progress being made in complying with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on September 29, 1957. 31 min.
Harlem: A Self Portrait. This 1959 CBS News special offers a unique look at a city within a city, capturing the mood and tenor of a community where, at the time, police, not politicians, were the power and six out of seven officers were white. This program surveys a wide range of Harlem life including footage of a speech by Malcolm X and interviews with poet Langston Hughes and a wide variety of African Americans living in Harlem including a retired black police detective, two former gang members, a resident of a new apartment building, partners in a new restaurant venture and others. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on August 18, 1959. Correspondents: Bill Leonard, Tom Costigan. 58 min.
The Harlem Temper. In this 1963 CBS News special, CBS reporter Harry Reasoner examines the economic and political scene in Harlem, a study in miniature of black leadership in conflict and crisis throughout America. Reasoner interviews civic leaders from such organizations as CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), the National Urban League, and the NAACP, along with Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., then Congressman and pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on December 11, 1963. 58 min.
Hunger in America. A researched study of hunger and malnutrition in the United States, showing views of Black sharecroppers in Alabama, Navajo Indians in Arizona, tenant farmers near Washington, D.C. and impoverished Mexican-Americans in San Antonio. Includes a discussion of surplus foods, food-stamps, and the farm subsidy program. Episode of the television program CBS reports, originally broadcast in 1968. Reporters: Charles Kuralt, David Culhane. 51 min. [preservation copy]
Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire. Shortly before this program was filmed in 1965, Klansmen were implicated in the murders of five people. Here Charles Kuralt presents an in-depth look at the Klan, featuring its history, its influence, the application process, and rare coverage of an initiation rite. Kuralt asks Klan leaders how they can avoid responsibility for violence when they themselves repeatedly whip up their followers to action. Among those interviewed are Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers, KKK Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton, and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on September 21, 1965. Correspondent: Charles Kuralt. 60 min.
The Other Face of Dixie. Correspondent Harry Reasoner visits four cities in this 1962 program to examine progress in school integration: Clinton, Tennessee; Norfolk, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; and Little Rock, Arkansas. Along with Atlanta governor S. Ernest Vandiver and journalists Ralph McGill and Lenoir Chambers, Reasoner talks with students at Little Rock Central High School, their school board president and Arkansas governor Orval Faubus. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on March 3, 1968. 54 min.
Remedy for Riot. In this news program from 1968, Harry Reasoner reports on the findings and recommendations of President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. The commission's report offered an analysis of the causes of riots at that time and concluded that unless sweeping changes were made, the nation was moving towards two separate societies, black and white, separate but unequal. By interviewing business, political, religious and community leaders in Detroit, one of the cities hit hardest by turmoil, the program assesses possible courses of action in four major areas: jobs, housing, schools and welfare. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on October 24, 1962. Correspondent: Harry Reasoner. 58 min.
Testament of a Murdered Man. A news report presenting an extended interview with Medgar Evers filmed a year before his murder. The NAACP field secretary, WWII veteran, father and civil rights crusader dedicated nine years of his life to fighting racism before he was killed in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers discusses his efforts at registering and organizing black voters, as well as the many death threats he and his family received while waging a campaign for civil rights in the South. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on June 12, 1963. Correspondents: Douglas Edwards, Richard Richter. 16 min.
Watts, Riot or Revolt? Were the Watts riots part of a social revolution, a festering illness or a carnival of senseless violence? And why did it first erupt in L.A. and not in another major American city? This news program, filmed just a few months after the riots, presents a study of the principal events that ignited the conflagration in the summer of 1965 in Watts. A wide variety of individuals comment on the situtation, including L.A. chief of police William H. Parker, Daniel P. Moynihan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., witnesses to the riots and rioters themselves. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on December 7, 1965. Correspondent: Bill Stout. 55 min.
Who Speaks for the South? The court order integrating Georgia public schools conflicted with the state constitution, prompting much debate regarding state's rights. In this 1960 news special Edward R. Murrow reports on the issue of racial segregation in the state's schools, focusing on the proceedings of the School Study Committee, a public forum in which residents of Georgia's ten Congressional districts voiced their opinions presenting a wide and sometimes ominous range of views. Murrow also interviews the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ralph McGill, Atlanta's mayor William Hartsfield and Georgia Governor S. Ernest Vandiver. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on May 27, 1960. Correspondent: Edward R. Murrow. 56 min.