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Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell


Hope Kelly reports that more than a dozen students at Harvard Law School have filed a lawsuit which charges the school with discriminatory hiring practices. Kelly notes that Derrick Bell (Professor, Harvard Law School) supports the lawsuit, but thinks it will be difficult to win. Kelly reports that Bell has taken an unpaid leave of absence from the school to protest the lack of diversity among the faculty. Kelly interviews Bell. Bell talks about the culture at Harvard Law School and about the need for a diverse faculty. Bell says that he has taken a leave of absence because it is important to make sacrifices in order to advance one's beliefs. Kelly reports that Bell is teaching a seminar called "Civil Rights at the Crossroads." She notes that Bell is not paid for the course and that the students receive no credit. Kelly's report includes footage of Bell and his students in class. The students discuss the importance of diversity at the school. Kelly notes that there are three African Americans and five females among the sixty-six tenured professors at Harvard Law School. Kelly reports that the school has failed to provide a set of role models reflecting the diversity of the student body.

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Ten O'Clock News

Derrick Bell

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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Affirmative action programs
Harvard University
Actions and defenses
Role models
Civil rights
Bell, Derrick A.
Universities and colleges
Cambridge (Mass.)
News Report
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
Bell, Derrick A. (Interviewee)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell,” 12/03/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88F82D3C64844C0C8D715F98F85270C4.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell.” 12/03/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88F82D3C64844C0C8D715F98F85270C4>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_88F82D3C64844C0C8D715F98F85270C4
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