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Irene McCabe and NAG protest busing at school board office - 9-7-71 - ABC

by Matt Delmont

Nightly news broadcasts featured segments on Pontiac for four days following the Labor Day march, reporting on the school boycott led by the McCabe and the National Action Group. These reports further established Pontiac as the major national site of tension over busing and McCabe, featured prominently in each segment, as the most important leader of the anti-busing campaign. An ABC segment on September 7, the first day of the NAG-organized school boycott, showed McCabe leading boycott supporters to the Pontiac Board of Education building where she rolled a toy school bus carrying two brown and white guinea pigs, labeled the “Damon Keith Integration Special,” into the office of School Superintendent Dana Whitmer. Outside of the building, McCabe taunted mayor Robert Jackson, yelling “come on Mayor Jackson, you’re driving the bus. Come on, chicken.”

Irene McCabe and NAG protest busing at school board office - 9-7-71 - ABC

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Irene McCabe and NAG protest busing at school board office

from ABC Evening News (1971)
Creator: ABC Evening News
Distributor: ABC
Posted by Matt Delmont
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