Boston Busing Crisis
Kevin White on Almost Losing to Anti-Busing Candidate

Former mayor of Boston, Kevin White, talks about almost losing in the 1967 general election to Louise Day Hicks, a Boston School Committee member who was anti-desegregation and “anti-black.” The 1965 Racial Imbalance Act, which desegregated the public schools in Boston via court-ordered busing of children into different neighborhood schools, had made race a key issue during the election. It led to the Boston busing crisis involving widespread and violent public protests throughout the city. White won by 12,000 votes and served as mayor of Boston from 1968 to 1984.

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