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Ten O'Clock News; James Weldon Johnson


Carmen Fields reports that the US Postal Service will issue a postage stamp bearing James Weldon Johnson's image in honor of Black History Month. Johnson was a poet, lawyer, diplomat, composer, and former director of the NAACP. Johnson is the composer of "Lift Every Voice," which is known as the "black national anthem." The Madison Park High School Choir performing "Lift Every Voice. Interview with professor Samuel Allen of Boston University, who was a student of Johnson's. He talks about Johnson's life and his legacy. Allen reads two of Johnson's poems. Fields report is accompanied by photos of Johnson and a shot of the postage stamp bearing his image.

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Ten O'Clock News

James Weldon Johnson

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

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
African American lawyers
African American musicians
Role models
African Americans -- History
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Fields, Carmen (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; James Weldon Johnson,” 02/01/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_568ED79F8A024FD3A4BF6A84EC57AD33.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; James Weldon Johnson.” 02/01/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_568ED79F8A024FD3A4BF6A84EC57AD33>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; James Weldon Johnson. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_568ED79F8A024FD3A4BF6A84EC57AD33
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