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Ten O'Clock News; James Baldwin remembered


Carmen Fields marks the death of author James Baldwin with a retrospective profile. Fields reports on Baldwin's accomplishments as an author and his social criticism. Baldwin challenged American society to deal with racism. Interview with Floyd Barbour (Professor, Simmons College) about Baldwin. Barbour says that Baldwin's voice was truthful and angry. He adds that Baldwin's work bears witness to the African American experience in the twentieth century. Fields's report includes footage of Baldwin talking about race in the United States. Fields reports that Baldwin dealt with religious themes in his later work. Fields's report is accompanied by shots of Baldwin's books and by footage from the American Playhouse production of Go Tell it on the Mountain. Fields reports that Baldwin lived in France for forty years. She notes that he returned to the US three years ago to serve as a professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Ten O'Clock News

James Baldwin remembered

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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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Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
Race relations
African Americans -- Civil rights
News Report
Fields, Carmen (Reporter)
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987 (Interviewee)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; James Baldwin remembered,” 12/01/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F376C7C9175E44B880CABB37BF34192E.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; James Baldwin remembered.” 12/01/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F376C7C9175E44B880CABB37BF34192E>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; James Baldwin remembered. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F376C7C9175E44B880CABB37BF34192E
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