Oral history interview with Mary Ellen Smith (OH-044)

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Moakley Oral History Project OH-044

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Running Time

01:28:54

Description

Mary Ellen Smith, a Boston community activist who founded the Citywide Education Coalition (CWEC), reflects on her work in education and community organizing in Boston, as well as the ramifications of the 1974 Garrity decision, which required some students to be bused between Boston neighborhoods with the intention of creating racial balance in the public schools. She discusses the various organizations with which she has worked, including CWEC, the Citywide Coordinating Council, and the Massachusetts Board of Education; her experiences working in the Boston Public Schools; the effects of the Garrity decision on the school system and Boston in general; and the ways that her community work has affected her life.

Interview Date

2005

Publisher

Suffolk University

Keywords

Busing for school integration, Boston Public Schools, Boston (Mass.)--School Committee

Subject Headings

Busing for school integration, Boston (Mass)--School Committee, Boston Public Schools

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Oral history interview with Mary Ellen Smith (OH-044)

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