• Short Summary

    CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND, SCENE OF BITTER RACIAL FIGHTING LAST SUMMER IS NOW THE SCENE OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO HELP THE LARGE POVERTY STRICKEN COMMUNITY IN THE CITY.

  • Description

    CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND, SCENE OF BITTER RACIAL FIGHTING LAST SUMMER IS NOW THE SCENE OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO HELP THE LARGE POVERTY STRICKEN COMMUNITY IN THE CITY.

    CAMBRIDGE HAS BEEN RUN BY THE NATIONAL GUARD SINCE THE RACIAL VIOLENCE BROKE OUT. RECENTLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFERED THE DORCHESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL GOVERNING BODY IN THE AREA, SURPLUS FOOD TO HELP ALLEVIATED THE MISERY OF HUNDREDS OF NEGRO FAMILIES IN THE DISTRICT. DORCHESTER GOVERNMENT DECLINED THE OFFER, SAYING THERE WAS NO NEED FOR THE FOOD. HOWEVER THE NEGRO COMMUNITY IN CAMBRIDGE PROTESTED AND APPEALED TO THE NATIONAL GUARD COMMANDER IN THE CITY, WHO REFEREED THE MATTER TO THE MARYLAND STATE GOVERNMENT. THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN TURN HANDED THE CASE ON TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON. OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON ORDERED THE NATIONAL GUARD IN CAMBRIDGE TO BEGIN DISTRIBUTING THE FOOD TO THE NEEDY.

    THIS STARTED OFF A BITTER INTERCHANGE BETWEEN THE DORCHESTER COUNTRY GOVERNMENT, WHO ARE PERSISTING THAT THE FOOD IS NOT NECESSARY, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY POINT OUT THAT THE NEED IS SO GREAT THAT TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE RECEIVING THE SURPLUS FOOD. THIS AMOUNTS TO TEN PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3QAB1Q6AVA0J60HHR3LAG8U93
    Media URN:
    VLVA3QAB1Q6AVA0J60HHR3LAG8U93
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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