A PRRAC Report (September 2007). By Erica Frankenberg.
Excerpt: The racial segregation and inequality of the Boston metropolitan area is well-documented. This is true when examining residential patterns, the workforce, and educational access and opportunity. The tumultuous school desegregation battle that was waged in Boston gained national headlines in the 1970s, and decades later large shares of Boston area minority residents report that they feel unwelcome in a Boston metropolitan area that is overwhelmingly white. Given this landscape, perhaps it is not surprising that Boston’s urban-suburban school desegregation program—begun by black leaders and parents as “a partial and temporary remedy” to the segregated, unequal Boston schools in the mid-1960s—recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Its longevity and popularity demonstrate its importance to generations of Boston-area families.