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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, April 14 - 17, 1968
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Sound Intermittent |
1968 |
 Color & B/W 
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    King March, 04/14/68: Mourners silently march through the streets of Houston before gathering in Emancipation Park for a memorial service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4. An estimated 2,500 people attended. 
    Texas State Senator Barbara Jordan addresses the crowd. "We must carry on the nonviolent spirit of Dr. King and let this be the occasion for Negroes to start again the life of our fallen leader," she said. 
    Houston Mayor Louie Welch in the middle. Welch did not speak at the service, but was apparently booed loudly when Jordan introduced him.
    The Reverend Earl Allen calls for "black unity under black leadership." According to the Associated Press, Allen went on to describe Houston as a police state, demanding law enforcement drop the charges against the TSU Five. The TSU Five were a small group of Texas Southern University students charged with assault and murder following the violent confrontation between police officers and students in May 1967. A judge ultimately dismissed the case due to insufficient evidence.
    Yarborough, 04/16/68: At a press conference in Austin, Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas turns down requests for him to seek leadership of the Texas delegation to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Yarborough goes on to reject the state's practice of choosing a "favorite son," passionately calling for Texas to implement a presidential primary system. (The nomination of a favorite son was a political technique widely used in the 19th and 20th centuries to allow state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates over the support of their delegation.) Yarborough's decision came after a heated exchange with Texas Governor John Connally. Both men received endorsements to serve as the state's favorite son. Yarborough strongly opposed Connally's nomination to the position, accusing the governor of supporting Republican candidates in the 1952 and 1956 elections. In response, Connally said Yarborough didn't know the meaning of the word loyalty. 
    Post Office, 04/15/68 Houstonians drop off their income tax returns to a designated post office cart
    Jones Injured, 04/15/68: A man describes how he and his wife were robbed 
    C.W.A. Pres. Joe Gunn, 04/15/68: A representative with the Communications Workers of America suggests that telephone companies should reduce their price rates should the labor organization strike as planned. In April 1968, some 200,000 CWA telephone workers went on a nationwide strike after the Bell System refused to agree to general wage increases. The strike lasted 18 days, with the Bell System agreed to a raise in wages and benefits. 
    Pasadena Killing, 04/17/68: Detective E. R. Means displays the rifle believed to have been used in the murder of Dr. Robert Pendleton. He then describes how law enforcement tracked down who owned the gun. On December 9, 1966, a sniper fatally shot Dr. Pendleton as he was exiting the Red Bluff General Hospital in Pasadena. Law enforcement arrested Robert Akridge and Delmonte Whitehurst on February 10, 1968. The following day, Harris County authorities extradited Roy Franklin Brashier from Jackson, Mississippi, where he was being held by the Hines County Sheriff's Department. A grand jury indicted all three men on murder charges on February 13. Harris County District Attorney Carol Vance argued that someone hired the trio to commit the crime. Dr. Archie Burkhalter (Pendleton's medical partner), James Oliver Steambarge, and Robert Tucker (an operating room technician) were later charged as accomplices to the murder. Akridge was convicted as the triggerman and sentenced to death. Tucker and Burkhalter were convicted as accomplices, and given 99 years and a life sentence, respectively. 
    Cochran Fatal Shooting, 04/17/68: Law enforcement and bystanders at the scene of a fatal shooting
    Phone Strike, 04/17/68: Representatives with a local Bell System provider and the Communications Workers of America comment on what effect the strike will have on quality of service
    Council, 04/17/68: At a meeting of the Houston City Council, residents testify about a proposed housing code