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    Meredith intvu, ??? shot outside his apartment a5 25 ?larement, near columbia U. wife at?

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    Shows Jamese Meredith interviewed Monday morning (March 13) just after leaving his house and some hours after announcing he would not compete against Adam Clayton Powell in the special harml em election. Shot in New York City March 13. Also show Powell -- who's still on Bimini - commenting at a news conference Monday. Also shows Dick Gregory, a negro entertainer and civil rights activist who was with powell on Bimini.


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    Background: Meredith intvu, ??? shot outside his apartment a5 25 ?larement, near columbia U. wife at his side. film runs about 300 ft.

    Meredith starts by saying he was expecting consensus support from republicans and adequate financial aid. When he failed to get this, he said, he decided to withdraw. Says it's a matter of political expediency, rather than bad faith. Says Jackie Robinson will have to answer for the statement he made about him (???t dean of CBS interjects, "he says you were in it for money?) -- but refused to say whether he will sue Robinson.

    says no one pressured him or his family to get out of the race.

    In my opinion...one of the next parts of the film is near the end, when Meredith says the white people have made a lot of mistakes but the Negroes are also about to make a big one. He said this in response to a question about whether he'd support Powell. Meredith didn't answer the question at any time during the interview.

    Meredith went on to say that the political situation in the US is comparable to the 1850's and that this powell matter could split to country right down the middle.

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