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Polaroid in South Africa
Program 820
Original Airdate: 3/3/1978

Subject Keywords
Afro-American women
Afro-Americans in television broadcasting
Apartheid - South Africa
Press conferences
Social responsibility of business
Television broadcasting of news
United States - Relations - South Africa

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Ballard, Loraine
Chunn, Kelly
Hunter, Caroline
Land, Dr. Edwin
Lenzner, Robert
Vilakazi, Themba

Corporate Names
Polaroid Corporation

Program Description
Program focuses on Polaroid's decision on November 21, 1977 to cut off all business ties with South Africa, making it the first major American firm to withdraw from the country for political reasons. Host Stephen Curwood speaks with Boston Globe reporter Robert Lenzner, People Against National Identity Cards representative Caroline Hunter (who lost her job with Polaroid in 1970 for protesting the company's policy in South Africa), and African National Congress member Themba Vilakazi about Polaroid's history in South Africa, Lenzner's news article that spurred the withdrawal, the denial of Polaroid management that they knew their agreement with their distributor in South Africa was in violation; and the impact of the withdrawal on Black South Africans. Additional segments include an excerpt of a press conference with Dr. Edwin Land (Polaroid's founder), the "Say Brother News" with reporters Margaret Tarter, Leah Fletcher, and Karen Holmes, and the "Community Calendar."

Producer
Barbara Barrow-Murray

Associate Producer
Director
David Atwood

Host
Stephen Curwood

Guests
Caroline Hunter
Robert Lenzner
Themba Velakazi

Others
Leah Fletcher (reporter)
Karen Holmes (reporter)
Margaret Tarter (reporter)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03372
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-00467A
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00541
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01537A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01537
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)



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