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Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown


Tone at the beginning of the video. Footage of the first day of school at Charlestown High School during Phase II desegregation of Boston schools. Exterior shots of school building. Media crews are gathered at the foot of Bunker Hill Monument to cover the arrival of buses. Helicopter noise is audible. A school bus accompanied by a police officer on motorcycle pulls up in front of the school. Students, mostly African American, exit the bus. The bus pulls away and police line the street in front of the school. A second bus pulls up. The students exit the bus and head to the entrance of the school. Students and teachers inside the school look out the window at the activity on the street.

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Ten O'Clock News

First day of school, Charlestown

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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School buildings
Busing for school integration
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
African American students
School buildings
Police patrol
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown,” 09/08/1975, GBH Archives, accessed June 22, 2024,
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown.” 09/08/1975. GBH Archives. Web. June 22, 2024. <>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; First day of school, Charlestown. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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