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Series
Ten O'Clock News
Segment
Derrick Bell threatens to leave Harvard
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-qn5z60c97r
ITEM_IDENTIFIER
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UOI_ID
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Description
Packaged news story with reporter Meg Vaillancourt. In 1990, Harvard Law School had 65 tenured and tenure-track professors. Fifty-five were white men; none were women of color. To protest alongside student activists against this lack of diversity, Professor Derrick Bell threatened to permanently leave Harvard unless the law school hired a black female professor for a tenure-track position. In this news story, Derrick Bell announces his decision to take an unpaid leave until this goal is reached. Students march, chant, cheer and raise arms in solidarity. Law student Barack Obama is visible among the crowd of supporters in the edited story, and he introduces Derrick Bell in the added b-roll. The unedited B-roll includes Barack Obama's speech and the crowd's reaction. Ultimately, Bell lost his tenure when he did not return in 1992. Harvard Law hired its first woman of color for a tenure-track position in 1998.
Date
1990-04-24
Asset type
Segment
Genres
Unedited
News
Topics
Education
News
Social Issues
Subjects
Bell, Derrick A.; Affirmative action programs; Universities and colleges; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Discrimination; Student protesters; Harvard University; Obama, Barack
Contributor
Vaillancourt, Meg, Wardrobe
Publisher
WGBH Educational Foundation, Distributor
Rights
Rights Note:,Rights:,Rights Credit:WGBH Educational Foundation,Rights Type:All,Rights Coverage:,Rights Holder:WGBH Educational Foundation
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:11:52:08
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Citation
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell threatens to leave Harvard,” 1990-04-24, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed May 26, 2017, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-qn5z60c97r.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell threatens to leave Harvard.” 1990-04-24. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. May 26, 2017. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-qn5z60c97r>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Derrick Bell threatens to leave Harvard. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-qn5z60c97r