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Ten O'Clock News; Profile in Courage award


Meg Vaillancourt reports on the Profile in Courage Award, which was presented to Carl Elliot by Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the John F. Kennedy Library. Elliot was a congressman from Alabama who voted to support civil rights in the 1960s. He was voted out of office and shunned by society as a result of his political beliefs. Vaillancourt reviews Elliot's record as a Congressman. Edward Kennedy and Elliot speak at the ceremony. Caroline Kennedy unveils a statue of John F. Kennedy on the grounds of the J.F.K. Library. Vaillancourt's report also includes footage of the civil rights movement from the Eyes on the Prize series. Vaillancourt reports that the Profile in Courage Award is named for the book, Profiles in Courage, written by John F. Kennedy. She notes that the award is given to elected officials who are not afraid to take risks in order to advance society.

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Ten O'Clock News

Profile in Courage award

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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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Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
Kennedy, Caroline, 1957-
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Elliott, Carl, 1913-1999
Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009
Legislators -- United States
Rites and ceremonies
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
African Americans -- Civil rights
Columbia Point (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Elliott, Carl, 1913-1999 (Speaker)
Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009 (Speaker)
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