In Los Angeles, California, Miss Angela Davis, the black philosophy professor who was recently acquitted of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges, began a U.
SV People being searched as they enter hall (2 shots)
TV INT People seated at rally
TV Davis on to stage and gives Black Power salute
SCU Banner (Shots 1-4 SILENT)
TV Davis speaking
SOUND STARTS: "I have a special..."
SOUND ENDS: "...that I promise." (APPLAUSE)
DAVIS: "I have a special responsibility to you, who have stood with me in the struggle. But sometimes I have to admit, when I'm off by myself and I reflect on everything that has happened over the last few years, I really wonder whether or not I will be able to meet the role which history has put out to me, which you have put out to me. But I promise I am going to try--that I promise."
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Background: In Los Angeles, California, Miss Angela Davis, the black philosophy professor who was recently acquitted of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges, began a U.S. speaking tour Friday night (9 June) under tight security.
Many of the 1,800 people who entered the hall to hear Miss Davis speak about her trial and prison reform were searched by her supporters for weapons and told not to rise and applaud "for security reasons."
The Los Angeles engagement opened the tour Miss Davis is taking to thank her supporters and to raise money to pay her defence costs.
Later, police reported the arrest of an armed man who claimed to be Miss Davis' body guard after a shot was fired outside the hall. Police said the shot injured no one.