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Ten O'Clock News; Black aviators


Jan von Mehren reports on the "Black Wings" exhibit at the National Park Service Visitors Center on State Street. She walks through the exhibit with a group of African American World War II veterans. The men all trained at the Tuskegee airfield during World War II. Interviews with Frank Roberts (retired US Army major), George Hardy (retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel) and John Roach (retired US Air Force Reservist) about their experiences in the military. The men talk about racism and the missions in which they participated. Roberts and Hardy describe their experiences while training at Tuskegee Airfield. Roach talks about the career of Benjamin Davis (first African American general in the US Air Force). The men point out photos in the exhibit and reminisce together.

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Ten O'Clock News

Black aviators

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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African American veterans
Race relations
Armed Forces
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
von Mehren, Jan (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Black aviators,” 02/19/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C945232C01E46539E782144D3380563.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Black aviators.” 02/19/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C945232C01E46539E782144D3380563>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Black aviators. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2C945232C01E46539E782144D3380563
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