Transcript of Oral History Interview with Lewis Finfer

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Title

Transcript of Oral History Interview with Lewis Finfer

Subject

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

Description

In this interview, Lewis Finfer, a community organizer with neighborhood and citywide groups in the Boston area, reflects on 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. He discusses the racial and social climate in Boston in the 1970s; reactions of the white and black communities to the decision; the condition of the Boston Public Schools; and the political aspects and ramifications of the decision.

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 21, 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-050

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Crockett, Brynn

Interviewee

Finfer, Lewis

Location

Office of Lewis Finfer, Dorchester, Mass.

Transcription

See PDF trancsript

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

33:29

Time Summary

Mr. Finfer’s background p. 3 (00:13)
His reaction to the Garrity decision p. 4 (01:08)
Community climate and reactions p. 4 (02:10)
Personal experiences p. 6 (06:58)
More on community reactions p. 8 (12:26)
Media portrayal p. 8 (14:06)
Boston Public Schools today and in the future p. 9 (17:23)
Historical legacy of the decision p. 12 (24:50)
Politics of the decision p. 14 (29:54)

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Citation

John Joseph Moakley Archive & Institute at Suffolk University, Boston, Mass., “Transcript of Oral History Interview with Lewis Finfer,” Stark & Subtle Divisions: A Collaborative History of Segregation in Boston, accessed December 5, 2020, https://bosdesca.omeka.net/items/show/161.