Transcript of Oral History Interview of Mary Ellen Smith

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview of Mary Ellen Smith

Subject

Boston (Mass.)
Boston (Mass.). School Committee
Boston Public Schools
Busing for school integration

Description

In this interview, community activist Mary Ellen Smith, the founder of Boston's Citywide Education Coalition (CWEC), reflects on her work 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 various community organizations with which she has worked; her experiences working in the Boston Public Schools, and the lasting impact of Garrity's decision on Boston and its schools.

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

March 3, 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-044

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Hidalgo, AnaMaria

Interviewee

Smith, Mary Ellen

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

1:28:54

Time Summary

Ms. Smith’s background and early teaching career p. 3 (00:04)
Tension in the Boston Public Schools in the late 1960s p. 5 (04:22)
Alliance for Coordinated Services p. 16 (26:51)
Background of the Garrity decision p. 18 (30:20)
1972 search for a Boston Public Schools superintendent p. 19 (32:50)
Founding of the CWEC p. 20 (36:25)
Garrity decision and immediate aftermath p. 22 (40:15)
CWEC’s work in the community p. 25 (46:10)
Citywide Coordinating Council p. 30 (57:58)
More on CWEC’s work in the community p. 31 (1:01:26)
Ms. Smith’s later community work and reflections on her career p. 32 (1:03:17)
Changes in Boston over the last thirty years p. 40 (1:22:41)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview of Mary Ellen Smith,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed January 16, 2021, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/156.