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Ten O'Clock News; Mandela: hero to Boston children


Meg Vaillancourt talks to students at the Martin Luther King Middle School in Dorchester about their opinions of Nelson Mandela (black South African leader). The students tell what they know of Mandela's life and struggle. Two students compare Mandela to American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and to Malcolm X. Some students talk about whether violence should be used to further one's goals. The students agree on the importance of fighting for equality. They are united in their admiration for Mandela. Vaillancourt's report is accompanied by footage of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela (wife of Nelson Mandela) greeting crowds in South Africa.

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Ten O'Clock News

Mandela: hero to Boston children

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


X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
Civil rights
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
African American students
Mandela, Winnie
Race relations
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.)
South Africa
News Report
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Mandela: hero to Boston children,” 02/13/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDE046718EDA48AFBCBF045CF8EDB7A0.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Mandela: hero to Boston children.” 02/13/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDE046718EDA48AFBCBF045CF8EDB7A0>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Mandela: hero to Boston children. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDE046718EDA48AFBCBF045CF8EDB7A0
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