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Elma Lewis talks about her Roxbury neighborhood
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[Elma Lewis talks about the Roxbury community]
Original Airdate: 8/23/1988

Length: 00:02:47
Item Type: newstape - edited story master


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Visual: Footage of Elma Lewis (Roxbury community leader) being interviewed by Meg Vaillancourt. Lewis says that the media portray Roxbury as "unworthy." Shot of a Boston Herald newspaper article with a photo of eleven -year-old Darlene Tiffany Moore (Roxbury resident).

Vaillancourt reports that Lewis lives on the same block as Moore; that Moore was killed by a stray bullet in Roxbury last weekend. Vaillancourt reports that Lewis says that Roxbury is a better community than is portrayed in the media.

V: Shots of stately houses on Homestead Street in Roxbury; of a camera man filming a man in a business suit on a street.

Vaillancourt reports that drug dealers are not common in Roxbury.

V: Shot of an African American woman pulling weeds from a crack in a sidewalk. A boy on a bicycle is with her. Shots of two white police officers patrolling a residential street in Roxbury. Shot of multi-family houses on a residential street in Roxbury.

Vaillancourt reports that Lewis says that federal housing requirements create crowded and hostile conditions in Roxbury residences.

V: Shots of houses in a new development in Roxbury. Footage of Lewis saying that section eight of the federal housing policy was designed to disseminate people over a large area; that the result of section eight has been new housing projects.

Vaillancourt notes that Lewis has criticized the performance of the Boston Police Department in Roxbury.

V: Shots of a police cruiser traveling down a Roxbury street; of a small group of African American kids on a street corner. Footage of Lewis saying that every child in Roxbury knows where the drugs are; that the police need to be reminded constantly of where the drugs are.

Vaillancourt reports that Lewis is tough on her own community.

V: Footage of Lewis saying that residents need to refuse to allow certain kinds of activity on their block. Lewis says that she will harass city authorities and those responsible for the activity until the behavior stops. Shots of African American women and children crossing a Roxbury street; of a police cruiser traveling down a residential street. Shots of people doing yard work outside of a new development of houses in Roxbury. Footage of Lewis saying that a community needs to set its own standards; that residents need to stop bad behavior before it gets out of control.

Vaillancourt says that Lewis is optimistic about the people who live in Roxbury.

V: Shot of African American children playing in front of a building in Roxbury. Footage of Lewis saying that she will not be driven from her home; that she will not get up and move every twenty years while others relax comfortably in the suburbs. Lewis says that she has an obligation to stay in the community and work for improvements.


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