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Busing Crisis in Boston

The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America

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With support from: Lowell Institute
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Date and time
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Virtual:
Virtual event starts at 6pm
In-person:
Open to all- Arrive by 6 pm, A book signing by the panelists will follow the talk.

Boston, April 5, 1976. As the city simmered with racial tension over forced school busing, newsman Forman photographed a white protester outside City Hall assaulting the Black attorney Landsmark with the American flag. The photograph shocked Boston and made front pages across the U.S. and the world and won a Pulitzer Prize. Masur has done extensive research, including personal interviews with those involved, to reveal the unknown story of what really happened that day and afterward. This evocative "biography of a photograph" unpacks this arresting image to trace the lives of the men who intersected at that moment, to examine the power of photography and the meaning of the flag, and to reveal how a single picture helped change race relations in Boston and America. The Soiling of Old Glory, like the photograph itself, offers a dramatic window into the turbulence of the 1970s and race relations in America.

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Historian who writes and lectures about a range of topics including Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, the Founding Fathers, visual culture, and the history of Rock and Roll.
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From the Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners .....
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Ted Landsmark has been a civic planner, civil rights and equity advocate, higher education administrator, arts and culture researcher, and community-engaged social activist in Boston and nationally. He serves on the leadership committee of the Northeastern University Faculty Senate.
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Robert Allison has been a professor of history at Suffolk University for fifteen years and is also the director of the American Studies Program at Suffolk. He received his Phd at Harvard University and has written many books on Boston's role in the American Revolution.
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