Boston School Desegregation Through the Rearview Mirror

April 15, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Northeastern University’s Criminal Justice Task Force’s panel series, Confronting Racial Injustice. For more information, visit here.

In 1972, a group of African-American parents sued city and state officials over segregation within the Boston Public Schools. After a trial, a federal court determined that the Boston School Committee had intentionally discriminated on the basis of race by operating a dual school system that extended to school assignments, facilities and staffing.  When officials failed to produce a timely remedy, the court ordered institutional reforms, including re-districting and the re-assignment of students. In this program, panelists reflected on the lessons to be learned from Boston’s school desegregation experience.

Moderator: Matthew F. Delmont, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Speakers: Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University, and Former Dean, Harvard Law School; Becky Shuster, Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Boston Public School; Rachel E. Twymon, whose family was profiled in J. Anthony Lukas’ Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Common Ground

Image courtesy of Spencer Grant.

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