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Evening Compass, The; Evening Compass


Day 3, year 2 of desegregation. Reporters on set give accounts of day's events in school system. Ed Baumeister opens with press conference in which Metropolitan Distric Commission Police (MDC) Superintendent Lawrence Carpenter and mayoral spokesperson Peter Meade comment on student safety and “minority white” school system. Clip of Robert Donahue of School Department on student suspensions. Reporter Pam Bullard presents statistical figures for racial makeup of schools. Clip of Cardinal Medeiros on white influx to parochial schools. WGBH reporters discuss political significance of majority African American schools. At police command center, officers monitor communications to spot trouble and coordinate efforts of State, MDC, and Boston police forces: George Landry of Boston Police Department comments on the professional rivalry between groups. Reporter Gary Griffith reports on South Boston residents who are less vocal in protest than in year 1. Stills of bandaged Michael Coakley, allegedly beaten by the Tactical Patrol Force (TPF). Claims against brutality of TPF. Reporter Paul deGive discusses Charlestown residents' resentment of media and threatened retaliation against media presence. Stills of peaceful Charlestown marchers filling street. Gloria Conway, editor of Charlestown Patriot comments on the peaceful demonstration. Pam Bullard reports on location about Joseph Lee elementary school in Dorchester (first busing site) exterior and open classrooms. Lee School Principal Frances Kelley talks about school's program. Children line up to board bus; wave goodbye from inside bus as it pulls away.

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Evening Compass, The

Evening Compass

Series Description

Premiered January 1974

The Evening Compass was a half-hour program airing Monday - Friday at 7 pm, repeated at 10:30. With co-anchormen Ed Baumeister and Louis Lyons, its purpose was to interpret news already reported elsewhere and to recognize, report and interpret news not reported elsewhere. Compass Specials were occasional broadcasts at other times that usually covered actual events as opportunities and resources permitted. Evening Compass incorporated the staff of Louis Lyons/News and Comment and The Reporters.

See Prime Time January and February 1974 for cover stories. Series release date: 1/2/1974



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


African American students
Massachusetts. Board of Education
Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission
Busing for school integration
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Private schools
Boston (Mass.). School Committee
White, Kevin H.
Medeiros, Humberto Sousa, 1915-
Race relations
Boston (Mass.)
Charestown (Boston, Mass.)
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Stuart, Charles (Series Producer)
Bullard, Pam (Reporter)
deGive, Paul (Reporter)
Griffith, Gary (Reporter)
Baumeister, Ed (Reporter)
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APA: Evening Compass, The; Evening Compass. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197FC0EBBAA84507B30F9A78D50864BB
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