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Timeline: The chain of events that brought chaos to Boston’s Schools

Timeline: The chain of events that brought chaos to Boston’s Schools

Photos: StanleyFormanphotos.com, Pulitzer Prize 1977, “The Soiling of Old Glory” The Decision (1954–1974) On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional. On May 31, 1955, the U.S. Supreme Court raised the urgency of desegregation in the Brown II ruling by ordering that

Charles Willie: A life’s work tearing apart educational inequity, starting in Boston

Charles Willie stepped into the crowded city bus, paid his fare and walked past all the white people in the front. It was 1943 in Dallas and Willie had to make his way to the back of the bus with the rest of the black passengers. Dressed in peg-leg trousers, high-top shoes and a straw

Nathalie Hills: The Charlestown High Student who became responsible for her own education

Photo: InSaphoWeTrust Nathalie Hills sat on a cold bus seat bound for Charlestown High School in fall of 1979. The bus crossed over the Charlestown Bridge, revealing a crowd that had gathered to greet the students from the South End. Boston Police officers formed a protective barrier around the bus. Parents and children lined the

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