Journalist and newscaster Evan White on his experience covering the 1977 Section 504 Occupation

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In this oral history interview, journalist and newscaster Evan White discusses his experience covering the 504 Sit-in in San Francisco. He notes how the protest organizers communicated with the media as a strategy, and how media coverage affected the success of the protest. He also traveled with a select group of protesters to Washington D.C., and discusses the experiences of transporting protesters around the city in a moving van as their only accessible vehicle option, meeting Joe Califano, and waiting for President Jimmy Carter outside of church.

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Spring 2014
1970s; San Francisco Bay Area

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Mr. White;I hold in my hand a letter you wrote to my parents in 1963 asking of my whereabouts and well being. I was 18 years old and in the army, having left employment at KTVA. Just wanted to answer your questions. I am 75 years old, retired and living in Grass Valley, Ca. It took me many years  to realize i did not belong in broadcastng. I was a much better general contractor. Hope you are well.Ray Slater18174 Jayhawk  Dr.Penn Valley, Ca   95946

 Hello Evan, We were friends briefly in the early 90s. I had called KRON and left a message voicing my concern that they might  be about to follow the trend of other stations at the time of letting go of their established news anchors and replacing them with younger, inexperienced and less personable  “model” types. I specifically told them my concern that they might fire you, referencing your excellent news reportering, professional demeanor and likability. When you heard the recording you called me back. We  only met once but I felt we were, in a way, kindred spirits. You were kind and respectful at a time when you could have exploited my  enthusiasm, which elevated  my respect for you even more. I would love to hear from you as a friend again. Take care, Susannah 

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