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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 10 - 11, 1966

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  •  Rice Prof on School Law Suit, 06/10/66: A Rice University professor comments on the impact of school segregation. He also discusses a pending lawsuit, most likely Broussard v. Houston Independent School District. Onesephor and Yvonne Broussard brought a civil rights suit against HISD on behalf of African-American students. The case took place in Judge Alan B. Hannay’s courtroom. The Broussard family argued that the construction of new schools in predominately black neighborhoods perpetuated de facto segregation by preventing black and white students from integrating within schools beyond the residential perimeter. A characteristic of residential or neighborhood segregation, the creation of schools within specific neighborhoods reinforced the existing pattern of segregated schools. On July 13, Judge Hannay ruled against the plaintiffs, finding insufficient evidence that the school district acted against the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). In this segment, the professor describes the dangers of “neighborhood policies” on African-American children, who do not receive the same treatment or quality of education as white students. Those who defend this phenomenon, such as HISD Superintendent Glenn Fletcher, argue that schools are merely placed within certain neighborhoods. Although United States District Court Judge Ben C. Connally ordered HISD to integrate beginning in 1960, the transformation was slow and often ineffective. It took Houston decades to completely desegregate its public schools, and questions of de facto segregation remain.  
  •  Amigos, 06/10/66: Young volunteers with Amigos de Los Americas load boxes into a truck. Amigos de Los Americas is a nonprofit national youth leadership development organization headquartered in Houston. In 1966, the group led a person-to-person aid project for Honduras.  
  •  Billy Carter, 06/10/66: KHOU news reporter Nick French reports on the Harris County Refuge for Dependent, Neglected Children. He focuses on Billy Wayne Carter, a five-month old child, abandoned at a nursery by his parents. French speaks to one of the caseworkers about the possibility of Billy becoming a dependent child and a ward of the county if his parents do not come for him.  
  •  Abandoned Kid, 06/10/66: Footage of Billy Wayne Carter in his crib 
  •  Welch on Hot Summer, 06/10/66: Houston Mayor Louie Welch comments on growing racial tensions across Houston. He compares the situation with Watts, the Los Angeles neighborhood where unrest turned into days of riots in August 1965 following allegations of police brutality against African Americans. While Welch acknowledges similarities between the tense environment in Watts and Houston, he proclaims his city is not the same kind of “hotspot.” 
  •  Fire Fatal, 06/10/66: Firefighters search a damaged house after a deadly fire 
  •  “10 Days,” 06/11/66: Antique sale and art show at the second annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival, which sought to promote and preserve the accomplishments of the space sciences. The festival seen here included 10 days of events and coincided with the Gemini 9 space mission.  
  •  Blood Donors, 06/11/66 
 
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from June 10 to 11, 1966. This series includes news segments about a civil rights lawsuit against the Houston Independent School District and growing racial tensions in the wake of the Watts riots.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.
Politician Louie Welch was born in Lockney, Texas, on December 9, 1918. He received a degree in history from Abilene Christian College, now Abilene Christian University.
 
Welch began his political career in 1950, serving four terms on the Houston City Council. He unsuccessfully sought the Houston mayoral office three times before being elected to the position in 1963. Houston grew immensely during Welch’s five terms as mayor, from the population topping one million people to the opening of the Astrodome in 1965 and the Houston Intercontinental Airport in 1969. 
 
His tenure, however, was not without its controversy. A 1967 conflict between police and Texas Southern University students created a rift between the local administration and Houston’s African-American community. Welch’s reputation also came under fire during his last term over his relationship with well-known crime leaders, leading to suspicions about how his second mayoral bid was financed. 
 
In 1985, Welch ran for mayor again, campaigning in opposition to the extension of job protection rights to homosexuals employed by the city government. He lost to incumbent Kathy Whitmore. 
 
Welch died from lung cancer on January 27, 2008, in his Harris County residence. He was 89.