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Ten O'Clock News; Black Voters


Callie Crossley interviews Boyce Slayman (Rainbow Coalition) about African American perceptions of US President, Ronald Reagan. Slayman criticizes Reagan's policies and talks about racism in the campaign. Slayman says that the Democratic Party needs to address civil rights issues and other issues important to the African American community. Slayman adds that African Americans will become more politically active at the local level; he says that Reagan cannot afford to ignore the minority population. The tape includes footage of African American and white voters lining up at a polling station to vote. Voters enter and exit voting booths. Slayman and other campaign workers hold campaign signs in front of a polling station; the workers approach voters as they enter the polling station. Crossley interviews an African American man outside of the polling station. The man talks about why he voted for Walter Mondale and Reagan's proposed cutbacks. The man says that Reagan does not care about issues affecting the African American community. Crossley interviews a white woman and a white man. The woman says that she voted for Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro because she is a democrat and a supporter of women's issues. The man says that he voted for Mondale and that Ferraro's presence on the ticket did not affect his decision.

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Ten O'Clock News

Black Voters

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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Broadcast program

Media Type


Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1984
Reagan, Ronald
Civil rights
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Ferraro, Geraldine
African Americans -- Politics and government
News Report
Crossley, Callie (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Black Voters,” 11/06/1984, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed August 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3FDA704FE6B247F697674BA9EF24DBCD.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Black Voters.” 11/06/1984. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. August 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3FDA704FE6B247F697674BA9EF24DBCD>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Black Voters. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3FDA704FE6B247F697674BA9EF24DBCD
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