Owens-Hicks, Shirley (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. 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 to represent the 6th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House for over twenty years (1984-2006). Discussion of Owens-Hicks' involvement in school desegregation struggle beginning in the late 1960s arising from her dissatisfaction with conditions in the public schools; opinions on busing then and now; work on the School Committee; pursuit of quality education.