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    In Gary, Indiana, the first National Black Political Convention ended Sunday night (March 12) with 3,500 delegates and observers voting on an agenda which included a resolution opposing school bussing to achieve racial integration.

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    In Gary, Indiana, the first National Black Political Convention ended Sunday night (March 12) with 3,500 delegates and observers voting on an agenda which included a resolution opposing school bussing to achieve racial integration.

    The convention, the first of its kind in U.S. history, also decided against forming a separate political party and against endorsing any current candidate for the presidency.

    Two other resolutions approved by the delegates called for support for black militant Angela Davis, presently on trial for murder in California, and for alleged political prisoners and recommended prison reforms. They also called for a minimum wage of 6,500 dollars per year (approx. GBP2,600 Sterling) for a family of four.

    This film was shot by N.B.C., and a transcript of the commentary appears in the sound on film below. An alternative commentary appears overleaf.

    Because the sound on this film begins immediately, we are providing a brief lead-in for newsreaders which editors may wish to use.

    SYNOPSIS: In Gary, Indiana, on Sunday, delegates voted for the agenda in America's first-ever National Black Political Convention.

    The thirty-five hundred delegates to the first National Black Convention approved a 12-page agenda for political, social and economic action. The agenda also included a call for 50 per cent cuts in America's defence and space budgets -- with the money going to solve social problems. It also included a surprise vote opposing school bussing. The leader of the New York State delegation spoke about it.

    The convention decided against forming a separate political party and against supporting any current Presidential candidate. The delegates also called for support of black militant Angela Davis, who's currently on trial for murder in California. They also called for support of recommended prison reforms.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAA1MMJMK1BBW9FT5H1H53ADJF
    Media URN:
    VLVAAA1MMJMK1BBW9FT5H1H53ADJF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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    N/A

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