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Dr. Virgil Woods and Dr. Helen Edmonds discuss civil rights
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[Ten O'Clock News broadcast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday]
Original Airdate: 1/15/1985

Length: 00:29:45
Item Type: newstape - aircheck

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Description : Abstract
Christopher Lydon introduces a Ten O'Clock News special broadcast marking the birthday of Martin Luth King, Jr. (civil rights leader). Lydon reviews King's life and accomplishments. This report features footage of King during the civil rights movement. Paul Solman reports on unemployment in the African American community. Solman notes that many young African Americans are not given the training, education, and support necessary to succeed in the workplace. Solman's report includes footage from interviews with Paul McLemore (Boston resident), Sarah Flint (McLemore's aunt), and Tom Jones (Vice President, John Hancock Mutual Insurance). Gail Harris reports on development in the Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan neighborhoods. Harris reports that the area is becoming more attractive to developers and that property values are expected to rise. Harris adds that many residents are suspicious of development plans by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and fear being displaced from their homes. Harris' report features footage from interviews with Mamie Mabine (tenant, Orchard Park Housing Project), John Cruz (developer), Ken Guscott (developer), Byron Rushing (State Representative), Otto Snowden (co-founder, Freedom House), Muriel Snowden (co-founder, Freedom House), and a BRA official. Meg Vaillancourt reports on the long-term effects of school desegregation on the Boston Public School system. Vaillancourt notes that attendance and test scores have dropped since 1974. Vaillancourt reports that many African American parents support a "freedom of choice" plan in which a certain number of seats in each school are set aside for students of each racial group. Vaillancourt interviews Robert Peterkin (Former Deputy Superintendent, Boston Public Schools), Robert Spillane (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools), Kenneth Haskins (Harvard School of Education), Charles Willie (Court Appointed Master for Desegregation), Mildred Reid (Jamaica Plain resident), and Kim Reid (student, Brighton High School) for the report. Vailancourt's report also includes footage of students at Brighton High School, Jackson/Mann Elementary School, South Boston High School, and English High School. Christopher Lydon interviews in-studio guests Dr. Virgil Wood (Pond Street Baptist Church) and Dr. Helen Edmonds (Visiting Professor, MIT) about King's legacy and progress in the civil rights movement since King's death. Wood says that society has regressed in the areas of racism, war and poverty since the death of King. Wood and Edmonds talk about African American students at white universities. Wood and Edmonds discuss the gap between the African American middle class and the African American underclass. Callie Crossley (WGBH reporter) talks about her memories of King as a teenager growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. The newscast closes over footage of Stevie Wonder (pop singer) and Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) at a celebration in honor of King in Washington DC.

Creator : Producer
Glenda Manzi

Contributor : News Director
Steve Atlas

Contributor : Director
Heather Aveson

Contributor : Editor
Heather Aveson
Lori Cohen
Lisa Pontoppidan

Contributor : Host
Christopher Lydon

Contributor : Reporter
Callie Crossley
Gail Harris
Paul Solman
Meg Vaillancourt

Contributor : Guests
Dr. Helen Edmonds
Dr. Virgil Wood

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Format : Tape 4173   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 100949 
VHS cassette 102188 
Betacam cassette 71337 
digital betacam cassette 91691 

Subject : Keywords
African American students
African Americans - Civil rights
African Americans - Employment
Brighton High School
Busing for school integration - General
City planning
English High School
Jackson/Mann Elementary School
School buildings and classrooms
School choice
School management and organization
School superintendents
South Boston High School

Subject : Personal Names
Crossley, Callie
Cruz, John
Edmonds, Dr. Helen
Flint, Sarah
Garrity, W. Arthur, Jr.
Guscott, Ken
Harris, Gail
Haskins, Kenneth
Jackson, Jesse
Jones, Tom
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Lydon, Christopher
Mabine, Mamie
McLemore, Fred
Peterkin, Robert
Reid, Kim
Reid, Mildred
Rushing, Byron
Snowden, Muriel
Snowden, Otto
Solman, Paul
Spillane, Robert
Vaillancourt, Meg
Willie, Charles
Wonder, Stevie
Wood, Dr. Virgil

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
Orchard Park Housing Project

Subject : Geographic Locations
Brighton (Boston, Mass.)
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
South Boston (Boston, Mass.)

Type : Genre
News - Television

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