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Driving for Desegregation: Boston 50 Years After Busing

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, October 26, 2023
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Adrian Walker of The Boston Globe moderates a discussion with Zebulon V. Miletsky, PhD., associate professor of Africana Studies, Stonybrook University and the author of, A History of Boston’s Long Black Freedom Struggle, Alisa R. Drayton, Executive Director, Yawkey Club of Roxbury, and Marilyn Flowers-Marion, chairperson, Retired Teachers Chapter of the Boston Teachers Union, on their lived experiences of court-ordered busing in Boston during the 1970s. The panel also explores the long-term impacts of busing on the city of Boston, including the current state of Boston’s public schools and racial equity in a myriad of arenas. Looking to the future, the panel considers what a more equitable Boston Public School System might look like.

Walker is a columnist for *the Boston Globe* city/region section. He provides commentary and opinion on local and regional news as well as society and culture. Walker started as a *Boston Globe* metro columnist in 1998.
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Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies. His new book "Before Busing: A History of Boston's Long Black Freedom Struggle" is being published by the University of North Carolina Press for release in December 2022.
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Alisa R. Drayton is the executive director of the Yawkey Club of Roxbury.   Drayton is a life-long learner, holding a B.S. degree from Lincoln University, a M.S. degree from the New School for Social Research and a J.D. from Boston College. She joins BGCB after dedicating her life’s work toward providing financial and operational leadership to community development organizations.
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Marilyn Flowers-Marion is the first African American woman elected Chair of the Retired Teachers chapter of the Boston Teachers Union.

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