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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 20 - 24, 1968

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  Scalapino on Vietnam Bombing, 03/22/68: Political scientist Robert Scalapino comments on the American policy of bombing North Vietnam and calls for mutual military deescalation. On March 20, delegates to the Social Democratic party convention in Nuremberg, Germany, unanimously voted to ask the United States to halt bombing.  
  •  Mrs. Reiten on Sex Education, 03/22/68: Teachers attend an in-service meeting at the historic Shamrock Hilton in Houston. One panelist gives a talk on sex education before talking with a KHOU reporter about the effectiveness of such instruction.  
  •  Mayor Hatcher, 03/22/68: Richard Hatcher, mayor of Gary, Indiana, delivers a speech about civil rights. He concludes by welcoming everyone to visit Gary City Hall to see government “in living color.” The first African-American mayor of Gary, and one of the first black mayors of a city with than 100,000 people, Hatcher was a fervent spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement. He served as mayor from 1968 to 1987. From 1981 to 1984, Hatcher also worked as the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  
  •  Wesley Square Ground Breaking, 03/24/68 
  •  Todd Shipyard Accident, 03/20/68: At the docks of the Todd Shipyards Corporation in Galveston following a crane accident. On March 20, a crane toppled off the pier while attempting to move heavy equipment aboard a ship. Operator Leonard Wood was killed, while another jumped to safety. Divers looked for Wood’s body for several days before abandoning their search on March 22. His remains were found the following day by a salvage crew working to retrieve the crane.  
  •  Gun Catch Found, 03/20/68: Investigators show off rifles seized in a recent bust 
  •  Underpass - Mancuso, 03/20/68: Blockage of a Harrisburg Boulevard underpass 
  •  Houston City Councilman Frank Mann comments on complaints he has received regarding long trains blocking major thoroughfares during rush hour 
  •  10 p.m. News, 03/20/68: Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory comments on the possibility of further race riots in the wake of the Kerner Report. He concludes that unrest will continue unless local governments take action to address the report’s findings. On July 28, 1867, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the 11-member National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the causes of race riots and recommend solutions for the future. The commission—commonly known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner—released its final report on February 29, 1968. The document identified white racism as a main cause of surging racial violence. To prevent further riots and polarization, the commission advocated for expanded aid to African-American communities, such as housing programs to combat de facto residential segregation. Gregory was campaigning as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party during the 1968 presidential election.  
  •  Lion, 03/20/68: Police respond to a home whose residents keep a lion as a pet 
  •  Galveston Weather, 03/20/68: Sunbathers and surfers at Galveston Beach 
  •  Bat Cave, 03/20/68: Exploring the offices and hallways of an underground civil defense shelter 
  •  Elliott on Parks, 03/20/68: Houston City Councilman Bill Elliott talks about the city’s application for federal grants to construct parks 
  •  Gramillion on Teachers, 03/21/68: A teacher from Florida discusses the organizing power of teachers. In February 1968, teachers and education workers belonging to the Florida Education Association staged a statewide strike to protest underfunding of the state’s educational system as well as the low page and benefits for teachers. Approximately 25,700 educators, nearly 40 percent of the state’s teachers, walked out at the height of the strike. Most returned to work after a few weeks, and nearly all were back by the end of March. 
  •  T.T.A. Award, 03/21/68: Awards ceremony for Trans-Texas Airways. The airline, later known as Texas International Airlines, was headquartered near William P. Hobby Airport in Houston. It merged with Continental Airlines in 1982.  
 
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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 March 20 to 24, 1968. This series includes news segments about a fatal accident at the Todd Shipyards in Galveston, a speaking engagement with Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, and the Florida teachers strike. Also included are interviews with political scientist Robert Scalapino and comedian/activist Dick Gregory.
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.
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