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Boston School Desegregation through the Rearview Mirror

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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 will reflect on the lessons to be learned from Boston’s school desegregation experience.


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


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

This event will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 6 p.m. EDT.

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