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1986 Apr. 23

Batson, Ruth

Ruth Batson: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - A native of Roxbury, a civil rights activist, and official in the NAACP, Batson was a leader in the legal challenge to the de facto segregation of Boston public schools in the 1960s. She was among the founders of METCO in 1966 and architects of its voluntary desegregation plan. Batson discusses her history in activism for desegregation with the NAACP Education Committee... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Mar. 20

Breeden, James P. (James Pleasant)

James P. Breeden: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A priest at Roxbury's St. James Episcopal Church (and later at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston) and a veteran of the Freedom rides of the early 1960s, Breeden played a critical role during the Boston busing crisis. Breeden joined the Cityw... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Apr. 29

Peterkin, Robert, 1945-

Robert Peterkin: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An educator, Peterkin was headmaster of Boston English High School during the busing crisis, and went on to become Superintendent of Cambridge Schools. Discussion of Peterkin's arrival at English High on the day Garrity issued his order, ... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Apr. 27

Owens-Hicks, Shirley

Shirley Owens-Hicks: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The sister of State Senator Bill Owens, Shirley Owens Hicks was a key figure in school reform efforts in Boston beginning in the early 1970s, winning election to the Boston School Committee at the height of the busing crisis. She went on ... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Feb. 13

McGuire, Jean

Jean McGuire: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An Executive Director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), McGuire was the first African American woman to gain a set on the Boston School Committee at large.

D. Monty Neill Collection

1985 Dec. 3

Dean, Sally

Sally Dean: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Dean was elected to the Citywide Parents' Council at her daughter's school and was part of the School Site Council.

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Mar. 20

Pola, Carmen D.

Carmen D. Pola: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. As coordinator of the Community District Advisory Council of the Boston Public Schools and director of the Project to Monitor the Code of Discipline, Pola was a key figure in overseeing bilingual education initiatives in Boston schools du... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Jan. 30

Haskins, Kenneth, 1923-1994

Kenneth Haskins: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An educator and school principal, Haskins joined the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1974, later serving as President of Roxbury Community College (1978-1984). Continuation of discussion of desegregation in Boston s... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Feb. 26

McKinnis, Hattie

Hattie McKinnis: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Memories of moving to Boston in 1973 and becoming aware into the school desegregation crisis as her children. Involvement in the Citywide Parents' Council (CPC: initially called racial-ethnic parent councils) at the Grover Cleveland Schoo... more

D. Monty Neill Collection

1986 Feb. 17

O'Bryant, John D.

John D. O'Bryant: oral history with Monty Neill

Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A graduate of Boston University, O'Bryant taught for many years in the Boston public schools, becoming a protege of Mel King. In 1976, O'Bryant became the first African American person elected to the Boston School Committee, becoming a le... more

D. Monty Neill Collection