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WFAA – March 1 – 4, 1970 Part 4

0:00, 7:05, 9:59 – (March 4, 1970) A press conference announcing the organization of a local chapter of the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity (ICBO) in Dallas; national chairman Rodman C. Rockefeller, son of Nelson Rockefeller, explains the mission of the organization as he sits between local ICBO members Stanley Marcus (president of Neiman-Marcus) and George Allen (Dallas City Councilman and insurance executive); the ICBO is comprised of business leaders who volunteer to advise and mentor minority business owners; silent footage shows Rockefeller talking; additional footage has the panel listening to a question about people wanting to start a business but lacking capital and collateral; also seen are local executives Ross Forney and R. J. Gomez, as well as national ICBO president Dr. Clifford C. Davis, a Texas native who made his fortune in the northeast as the founder of the nation’s largest black-owned pharmaceutical company; Cochise Cash reporting.

1:25 – Dr. Daniel W. Foster, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern and a member of the Dallas school board, outlines a plan he hopes to initiate in Dallas’ secondary schools which will inspire minority students to consider careers in medicine by bringing in minority doctors, dentists, and other healthcare professionals to visit schools and meet with students; he is working on this plan with Dr. Emmett Conrad, an African-American physician and surgeon who is also the vice-president of the Dallas school board); Cochise Cash reporting.

2:34, 7:49 – (March 4, 1970) A college student representing the group SOUL (Students’ Organization for United Liberation) discusses his goal to make the El Centro student body aware of things that are wrong with the institution, a situation made more difficult by the lack of communication between the students and the administration; he says his group has the full support of black students and also has support from many of the white students; silent footage shows the young man reading to a large gathering of people in the El Centro lobby – also seen are administration officials and a police officer; the result of this unauthorized demonstration resulted in the suspension of several students.

3:11 – (March 4, 1970) El Centro College president Dr. Donald Rippey says that in response to student claims that he does not have the total picture when it comes to “ethnic problems,” he has agreed to meet with concerned student groups on a regular basis to “rap” about their concerns about overall communication between them and the administration.

3:56 – (March 4, 1970) The exterior of a Pay-Less shoe store, located at 2907 N. Hampton Road in Dallas, is seen, following an early morning robbery in which assistant manager Jimmy L. Packer was robbed and tied up; inside the store, a man shows off a steel safety-toe boot and talks to the camera; also, a detective is seen dusting the cash register for fingerprints (Silent).

4:25 – The Fort Worth offices of the District Corps of Engineers, located in the Fritz G. Lanham Federal Building, may have to expand because of a forthcoming personnel increase following the Albuquerque district corps office transferring 220-230 civilian engineers to the area; this is part of a Defense Department announcement, which may result in the closing of several Air Force bases, including one possibly in Texas; Art Sinclair reporting.

5:42 – Several vehicles are seen coming out from under a bridge and having difficulties merging at the Turnpike West-North 35E/77 interchange near downtown Dallas (Silent).

6:46, 8:43 – (March 4, 1970) Texas Peanut Queen Marsha White – a native of Katemcy, Texas and student at San Angelo State University – discusses the nutritional value of the peanut during a promotional stop at Love Field in Dallas during National Peanut Week; silent footage shows signs which read “National Peanut Week, March 4-14, 1970” and “Peanuts: Fun Food”; Miss White is seen speaking to several people as well as organizing and handing out bags of peanuts; additional silent footage shows Miss White being interviewed; Phil Reynolds reporting.

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