Atkins, Thomas I. (interviewee)
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 attorney and noted figure in Boston politics in the late 1960s and 1970s, Atkins was first elected to the City Council in 1967. Appointed Secretary of Communities and Development under Gov. Francis W. Sargeant in 1971, Atkins became the first African American to serve as Cabinet Secretary. During the city's busing crisis, Atkins was head of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and became a key figure in the desegregation effort. Telephone interview (within intervening beeps every 15 seconds thanks to Massachusetts state law on recording telephone conversations). Discussion of Atkins's involvement in desegregation efforts in Boston from 1963-1966 and again from 1974-1980, and serving as counsel for the plaintiffs (in Morgan v. Hennigan) since 1981.