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Elma Lewis's reaction to Ray Flynn's inauguration as Mayor of Boston
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[Interviews with attendees at Flynn's inauguration]
Original Airdate: 1/2/1984

Length: 00:22:23
Item Type: newstape - original footage

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Description : Abstract
Christopher Lydon interviews people after the inauguration of Ray Flynn (Mayor of Boston) at the Wang Center. The crowd cheers as Flynn and Kevin White (former Mayor of Boston) pass by them. Lydon interviews attendees of the inauguration in the lobby of the Wang Center. The interviewees all says that Flynn made a good speech. The interviewees express concerns about unemployment, crime, the restoration of city services and the city budget. Cynthia Silveira (Dorchester resident) says that she appreciates Flynn's commitment to diversity and unity but is suspicious of his past voting record on racial issues. Lydon interviews two women from Ireland about Flynn's speech. Lydon interviews people outside of the Wang Center. Harry Spence (Boston Housing Authority) says that Flynn delivered a "solid" speech, but will face difficulties in delivering city services and achieving racial harmony. George Keverian (State Representative) says that Flynn is the right person to unite the city. Louise Day Hicks (former member of the Boston City Council) says that Flynn must strike a balance between downtown concerns and neighborhood interests. Hicks says that South Boston is the "center of the city." Hicks speaks to Dapper O'Neil outside of the Wang Center. Felix Arroyo (Latino activist) hopes that Flynn will deliver on his promises; Arroyo believes that it will be difficult for Flynn to integrate the city's neighborhoods. Elma Lewis (African American activist) says that she and others will work with Flynn to improve the city. Lewis adds that she is "always looking for diversity." Claire Crawford (Boston resident) says that Flynn is a "people's mayor." Flynn exits the Wang Center and gets in his station wagon. The crowd cheers as Flynn drives away. Lydon interviews James Kelly (South Boston Information Center). Kelly says that it will be a challenge for Flynn to deliver city services during an economic crisis. He expresses reservations about Flynn's proposal for District Advisory Councils. Thomas Menino (Boston City Council) compliments Flynn's inaugural speech.

Format : Tape 2566   Barcode   
3/4" cassette 100739 
VHS cassette 102212 
Betacam cassette 102259 
digital betacam cassette 102235 

Subject : Keywords
Cultural and social events
Municipal government

Subject : Personal Names
Arroyo, Felix
Crawford, Claire
Flynn, Raymond
Hicks, Louise Day
Kelly, James
Keverian, George
Lewis, Elma
Lydon, Christopher
Menino, Thomas
O'Neil, Albert "Dapper"
Silveira, Cynthia
Spence, Harry
White, Kathryn
White, Kevin

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Wang Center

Type : Genre
News - Unedited

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