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Ten O'Clock News; Elma Lewis


Video starts with them talking over the color bars. End of an interview with Elma Lewis about the endurance of the African American community. She talks about the relationship between young and older African Americans, and the problems the older people suffered through to provide better opportunities for the younger generation. They talk informally while they shoot cutaways. Sound cuts out in the middle of cutaways. B-roll of the dancers rehearsing at the Elma Lewis School. Closeups on young boys drumming and dance instructor. Signs for the National Center of Afro-American Artists and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. Closeups on pieces of African American art. Several takes of reporter standup.

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Ten O'Clock News

Elma Lewis

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


African American artists
African Americans -- History
African Americans
Lewis, Elma
African American women
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Lewis, Elma (Interviewee)
Holmes, Karen (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Elma Lewis,” 01/24/1980, GBH Archives, accessed December 8, 2023,
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Elma Lewis.” 01/24/1980. GBH Archives. Web. December 8, 2023. <>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Elma Lewis. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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