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Ten O'Clock News; Closing of Boston civil rights office


Hope Kelly piece on the closing of the Boston office of the US Commission on Civil Rights. Interview with head of the office, Jacob Schlitt. History of the Commission, and discussion of it's current state and future under the Reagan Administration, including Reagan's appointment of ultraconservative Clarence Pendleton. Scenes from the farewell party held for the office, and remarks by many New England civil rights activists on the closing of the office, including long time office worker David Harris. Discussion of the role the office played and the reports it produced.

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Ten O'Clock News

Closing of Boston civil rights office

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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Civil rights
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Closing of Boston civil rights office,” 11/19/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_829EC6C2CBD94E3D8285F42B46493BD1.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Closing of Boston civil rights office.” 11/19/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_829EC6C2CBD94E3D8285F42B46493BD1>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Closing of Boston civil rights office. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_829EC6C2CBD94E3D8285F42B46493BD1
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