Making History in Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick, From the South Side to the State House
From WBUR in Boston a special program on Governor Deval Patrick, the first African-American governor in Massachusetts and only the second elected African-American governor in US history. Making History in Massachusetts profiled Governor Patrick and the election campaign that brought him into office in January 2007. The program recounted how the Chicago native escaped poverty and hardship by coming to school in Massachusetts and how he followed that up with Harvard, law school and work in the Clinton administration. Bob Oakes and Fred Thys reported on what finally led Patrick from private law practice to political campaigning. The program included the comments of Andrew Young and Douglas Wilder and an excellent discussion in the final segment on African-American politicians, the new politics of race across the nation and how the election of Deval Patrick fits into that new reality.