Transcript of Oral History Interview of Kirsten Alexander

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview of Kirsten Alexander

Subject

Boston (Mass.)
Boston Public Schools
Boston Latin School (Mass.)
Busing for school integration
Magnet schools

Description

In this interview, Kirsten Alexander, reflects on her childhood in Jamaica Plain and Brookline, Massachusetts, during the 1970s and the impact of Judge W. Arthur Garrity's 1974 decision in the case of Morgan v. Hennigan, which required some students to be bused between Boston neighborhoods with the goal of creating racial balance in the public schools. She discusses the racial climate in the Boston Public Schools during that time period; her and her siblings' school experiences; and the importance of diversity in society.

Creator

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Source

Moakley Oral History Project

Publisher

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Date

February 22, 2005

Contributor

Kintz, Laura

Rights

Copyright Suffolk University. This item is made available for research and educational purposes by the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute. Prior permission is required for any commercial use.

Relation

Moakley Oral History Project: http://moakleyarchive.omeka.net/collections/show/1

Format

PDF (Computer file format)

Language

English

Type

Oral history interview transcript

Identifier

OH-040

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Muller, Laura

Interviewee

Alexander, Kirsten

Location

Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Mass.

Transcription

See PDF transcript

Original Format

MP3 audio file
Note: Original audio recording is available for listening at the John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Duration

39:51

Time Summary

Ms. Alexander’s background p. 3 (00:20)
Her African American adopted brother p. 4 (02:41)
Early school experiences p. 5 (03:45)
Her parents’ activism and views p. 7 (06:15)
Violence and racism on buses and in the schools p. 8 (11:19)
Her feelings and reflections p. 12 (19:49)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview of Kirsten Alexander,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed September 21, 2021, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/153.