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Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence race riots


This tape includes footage of the aftermath of race riots in Lawrence in August of 1984. Residents stand on the street; some of the buildings are damaged. Two men inspect a burnt-out house. A man repairs a broken window. A group of people stands outside of a liquor store. The sign for the liquor store is damaged; debris is visible on the floor of the liquor store. A group of men move boxes from the store onto a truck. A police cruiser moves down a blockaded street. Police direct traffic in front of the liquor store. Footage from the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour. Robert McNeil reports on race riots in the Tower Hill section of Lawrence. McNeil notes that gangs of Latino youth and gangs of white youth were throwing molotov cocktails and that police were called in to restore order. McNeil’s report includes night footage of the riots in Lawrence.

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Ten O'Clock News

Lawrence race riots

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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Race relations
Lawrence (Mass.)
News Report
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence race riots,” 08/09/1984, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D7A3756BDFD74403AF1B9492108DD4A5.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence race riots.” 08/09/1984. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D7A3756BDFD74403AF1B9492108DD4A5>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Lawrence race riots. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D7A3756BDFD74403AF1B9492108DD4A5
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