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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1968 June

Roanoke Organization of Communities Protests Living Conditions of Poor People in Roanoke, Va., at a Roanoke City Council Meeting

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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3 min., 21 sec.
Wielding signs lamenting the living conditions of poor people in Roanoke, Va., protesters from the Roanoke Organization of Communities line the hallway outside Roanoke City Council chambers in the Roanoke municipal building. Police guard the city council meeting room door. Representing the demonstrators, Juliet Croson and Juanita Taylor deliver a message to city council members, including Mayor Benton O. Dillard, James E. Jones, and John W. Boswell, in council chambers. Croson and Taylor declare that the council ignores the conditions in which the poor are living. The women warn that the Roanoke Organization of Communities will vote in the upcoming elections according to how they were treated at the present protest, insinuating that the police are unnecessary and a symbol of distrust from the council.
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