Moakley Oral History Project OH-070
In this interview, John M. Canty, a former administrator and teacher in the Boston Public Schools, discusses the impact 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. Mr. Canty discusses the de facto segregation of the Boston Public Schools prior to the Garrity decision, his role in implementing the decision, the political and media reaction to the decision, and his feelings on how forced busing could have been prevented through other options. Mr. Canty also reflects on the roles his colleagues and Judge Garrity’s designees played in implementing the Garrity decision and the lasting effects of the decision on the educational system in the city of Boston.
Busing for school integration
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Canty, John M. and Andrews, Rebecca, "Oral history interview with John Canty (OH-070)" (2007). Moakley Archive Oral History Project. 66.