1969 SPECIAL REPORT: THE BATTLE FOR EAST ST. LOUIS

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"'The Battle of East St. Louis' examines how a sensitivity training session involving eighteen of the angriest citizens of East St. Louis, Illinois, may have helped to allay a racial crisis last spring."--1969 Peabody Digest. Reporter Hughes Rudd reviews the troubled history of the city of East St. Louis. Policemen Tom Hunter and Bill Jeremias are seen on patrol and Hunter is seen with his family; they discuss their views of the policeman's role. Claryce Braddix, a community leader, and Bill Luckett, a black militant, are shown in their homes; they discuss the hardships they have faced. These four people were among those who participated in the three-day sensitivity training session. The participants divided into two groups of nine each; this program followed one group. Includes footage of various discussion sessions, and of a role-reversal exercise in which participants wore masks representing the opposite race. Hunter, Jeremias, Braddix, and Luckett, interviewed six months after the training session, believe the training helped them. Rudd discusses the benefits of sensitivity training
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