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Gov. Kirk at Supreme Court - 1-19-70 - ABC

by Matt Delmont

Kirk joined southern politicians like Strom Thurmond, Lester Maddox and George Wallace in attacking this desegregation deadline, but he received the majority of the media attention. Kirk travelled to Washington D.C. twice in late January 1970, each time appearing at the Supreme Court and on ABC and CBS newscasts. In their reports on Kirk’s first visit, where he hand-delivered a request for a delay in the desegregation order, both stations quoted the governor’s statement that it would be “financial and physically impossible” for Florida to meet the deadline. ABC’s Stephen Geer noted that Kirk came to the Supreme Court to “dramatize his extraordinary action.”

Gov. Kirk at Supreme Court - 1-19-70 - ABC

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Gov. Kirk at Supreme Court - 1-19-70 - ABC

from ABC Evening News (1970)
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Distributor: ABC
Posted by Matt Delmont
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