ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND AFTERMATH
Anchor newsman Harry Reasoner examines the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and the aftermath that has followed a day later.
Harry Reasoner reports on 40 cities across the nation where much domestic disturbance has erupted causing the National Guard to be deployed. We hear prior speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King proclaiming that he will not use violence to protest all that is evil in the country.
President Lyndon Johnson speaks to the American people. He implores that blacks and whites must come together to fill the void of Dr. King whose voice has been stilled.
Reports of 3000 National Guardsman deployed to Detroit where one person has been killed. Major looting and fires everywhere. 2000 National Guardsman deployed to Boston. State of emergency in Washington DC where Steve Rowan reports major destruction and looting, some by children. Police officers attempt to curtail violence.
Nelson Benton reports of 100 fires only blocks from the White House. Three deaths reported. 4000 National Guardsman deployed.
Dan Rather reports from Washington D.C. President Johnson meets with 21 civil rights leaders at the White House this morning. Mourning in the afternoon at the National Cathedral.
In Chicago, 6000 National Guardsman have taken up position. Jeb Duvall reports. Two negroes killed by snipers. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley appeals for all people to protect the
city of Chicago.
From Memphis Tennessee Ike Pappas reports and reconstructs the assassination. He states that Dr. King emerged from his room #306 and on the balcony leaned over to talk to others below. From a bathroom window across from the balcony, only 200 feet away the assailant fired one shot striking King in the neck, and fled. Also reporting from Memphis is Bill Plante...an extended report of Coretta King arriving at the Memphis airport, and the procession arriving at the funeral home. People line the streets.
Reverend Ralph Abernathy states that Dr. Martin Luther King believed in non-violence. Tuesday will be his Funeral. There is a message from Jacqueline Kennedy.
John Hart reports from Cleveland Ohio. Mayor Carl Stokes states that nobody can kill an idea or ideal which Dr. King represented, and whose message will continue to live in this city.
Whitney Young addresses the question of who will replace Dr. Martin Luther King? He reflects to all that "The time has come for all decent people to voice their will.
Roger Mudd reports in Washington D.C. that a Joint session of congress will be meeting on Monday with attentions of passing President's Johnson housing and jobs massive spending bill.
Eric Severeid examines the effects of violence that has been seen in many cities across the nation...assessment of the consequences of a great man assassinated, a symbol of a man who has been martyred.
Harry Reasoner signs off.