WGBH Openvault

Say Brother / Ten O'clock News; Mandela in Boston; Mandela in Boston


Ten O'Clock News special in celebration of South African leader Nelson Mandela to Boston. Carmen Fields, Christopher Lydon, Lovell Dyett and Elliot Francis host the show in the WGBH studios. Marcus Jones reports on preparations in the city of Boston for Nelson Mandela's visit. Jones' report includes footage of preparations on the Esplanande and footage of schoolchildren at the Trotter Elementary School rehearsing a musical piece and making posters. Jones interviews Jacob Abdul Khllaq (general manager, A Nubian Notion) about the Nelson Mandela books, T-shirts, and posters sold around the city. Carmen Fields interviews South African exiles Themba Vilakazi and Janet Levine about the life and leadership of Nelson Mandela. Fields's report includes photos and footage of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela. Christopher Lydon interviews in-studio guests Aggrey Mbere (Roxbury Community College) and Orlando Patterson (Harvard University) about Nelson Mandela. Patterson and Mbere talk about how Mandela's culture and education have shaped his leadership. Lovell Dyett reports on the debate surrounding divestment and the imposition of sanctions on the South African government. He notes that the Massachusetts State Legislature passed meaningful divestment legislation in 1983. Dyett interviews Caroline Hunter (Polaroid Corporation), Mel King (Community Fellows Program, MIT) and Robert Zevin (Manager, Calvert Social Investment Fund) about divestment. Dyett reports that Harvard University and the Gillette Corporation have refused to divest completely. Dyett interviews in-studio guests Dr. Willard Johnson (MIT) and Joseph LaBonte (Founder, American Business Initiative for a Free South Africa) about the debate over sanctions. David Boeri reports on Teko Manong (South African exile in Boston). Boeri interviews Manong about his opposition to apartheid and his exile in the United States. Boeri notes that Manong is a playwright, but has received little recognition in the United States. Meg Vaillancourt reports on Nthabiseng Mabuza (South African exile). Vaillancourt notes that Mabuza was paralyzed from injuries sustained during an attack on her home by South African security forces. Vaillancourt reports that the Fund for a Free South Africa helped Mabuza and her family settle in Cambridge. Mabuza discusses apartheid and her impressions of Nelson Mandela. Elliot Francis reports that Andrew Jones (filmmaker) has just returned from South Africa, where he shot a documentary series. Jones talks about the apartheid regime in South Africa as well as race relations in the United States. Francis's report includes footage from Jones's documentary. Francis reports that US citizens and local residents support Nelson Mandela's struggle for freedom. Francis interviews Edmund Barry Gaither (Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists). Gaither discusses the initiative by the National Conference of Artists to create artwork inspired by Soweto and apartheid. Francis' report includes shots of artwork by artists Kenneth Falana and Nelson Stevens. Francis interviews Sadiki Kambon (Project FATE.) about Nelson Mandela and the significance of his struggle. Christopher Lydon and Lovell Dyett interview in-studio guests Margaret Burnham (Fund for a Free South Africa) and Henry Hampton (Executive Producer, "Eyes on the Prize" ). Burnham and Hampton discuss what effect Mandela's visit will have on racial issues in the US. The special includes footage of Mandela speaking at the United Nations and footage of Mandela in South Africa after his release from prison. The special also includes footage of Boston residents and school children talking about Mandela. Producer - Juanita Anderson; Produced by Lenore J. Hanoka, Calvin Lindsay Jr. and Kathleen McKenna.

License Clip

View online at the Boston TV News Digital Library

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Say Brother / Ten O'clock News
Mandela in Boston

Mandela in Boston

Program Description

Special co-produced by The Ten O'Clock News and Say Brother on the eve of Nelson and Winnie Mandela's visit to Boston. Covers local preparations for their visit, and a brief historical look at South Africa and its political issues including the ANC, apartheid, sanctions, and divestment. Interviews with: Themba Vilakazi, Orlando Patterson, Aggrey Mbere, Caroline Hunter, Margaret Burnham, Henry Hampton, Willard Johnson, Joseph LaBonte, Robert Zevin, Sadiki Kambon, Derek Bok, Janet Levine, Teko Manong, Nthabiseng Mabuza, Maurice Lewis, Ray Flynn. Co-hosted by Christopher Lydon, Carmen Fields, Lovell Dyett, Elliott Francis.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Hampton, Henry, 1940-1998
Anti-apartheid movements
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
King, Mel
Race relations
African American artists
Mandela, Winnie
Yancey, Charles C.
Flynn, Raymond L.
African American students
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Tutu, Desmond
Bolling, Bruce C., 1945-2012
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-
Jones, Marcus (Reporter)
Francis, Elliot (Reporter)
Fields, Carmen (Reporter)
Lydon, Christopher (Reporter)
Boeri, David (Reporter)
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
Dyett, Lovell (Reporter)
Chicago: “Say Brother / Ten O'clock News; Mandela in Boston; Mandela in Boston,” 06/22/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2399B6B0F28439AB3B3E8F98964A51A.
MLA: “Say Brother / Ten O'clock News; Mandela in Boston; Mandela in Boston.” 06/22/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2399B6B0F28439AB3B3E8F98964A51A>.
APA: Say Brother / Ten O'clock News; Mandela in Boston; Mandela in Boston. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2399B6B0F28439AB3B3E8F98964A51A
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.