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50 Years After Busing: Race, Housing, and Education Equity in Boston

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, February 15, 2024

Suffolk University’s Ford Hall Forum, the Moakley Archive & Institute, and GBH Forum Network present a program exploring the relationship between access to affordable housing and educational opportunity in Boston’s public schools nearly fifty years after the school busing crisis. This program, moderated by Stephanie Leydon, Executive Producer of digital video at GBH News, is the second in a series examining the lasting impacts of the landmark decision to desegregate Boston’s Public Schools in 1974. This discussion will take a look back at the impact of race-based discriminatory housing policies and education funding formulas while addressing the more recent problems of gentrification and housing affordability. How does Boston position itself to compete with its suburban neighbors when it comes to educational outcomes?

Join us and lend your voice to this important discussion.

Event sponsored by The Boston Desegregation & Busing Initiative.

Explore the history of Boston’s busing crisis via the digital archives of The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Project, the GBH Archives, and Suffolk University’sMoakley Archive & Institute.

Ira A. Jackson is the Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where he is also a professor of management. Jackson has served as Executive Vice President of BankBoston for a dozen years. During his tenure at BankBoston, the company consistently received Outstanding Community Reinvestment Act ratings from federal regulators for leadership in strengthening inner-city communities.
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Dr. Dixson is the Executive Director of the Education and Civil Rights Initiative, and a Professor of Educational Leadership Studies. Her research primarily focuses on how race, class and gender intersect and impact educational equity in urban schooling contexts. She locates her research within two theoretical frameworks: Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Black feminist theories.
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Whitney Demetrius is the Director of Fair Housing and Municipal Engagement at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) where she has worked for over five years. She previously worked as the Deputy Director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston.
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Stephanie Leydon is the executive producer of digital video at GBH News. Feedback? Questions? Story ideas? Reach out to Stephanie at stephanie_leydon@wgbh.org.

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