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Gov. Kirk protests busing - 1-23-70 - 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. Claude Kirk returned to the Supreme Court on January 23, to ask the court to declare that all school systems be held to the same school desegregation standards. “The February 1 deadline will cause forced busing, which is unconstitutional, which is against the Civil Rights Act, which would cause fiscal irresponsibility, and therefore I will stand against forced busing now and in the future,” Kirk told the reporters and camera crews gathered outside of the high court. Kirk promised to go to jail to stop busing if necessary. “I would feel I am going to jail for a philosophical cause,” he argued, “just as our prisoners in Vietnam are in jail for a philosophical cause.”

Gov. Kirk protests busing - 1-23-70 - ABC

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Gov. Kirk protests busing - 1-23-70 - ABC

from ABC Evening News (1970)
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Posted by Matt Delmont