Interview with Tracy Amalfitano

Describe for me what the mood in South Boston was in the summer leading up to the opening of school in 1974?


I would say that the mood was, ah--of anticipation by a lot of people that the buses would never roll. There were a lot of people at that point in time, that were, holding many meetings, ah, in all different parts of the community. Some political leaders were trying to discourage parents from sending their children to school. ah, I was not particularly, ah, at that point in time, involved in, in any of that. And, my first, ah, reaction to the phrase, the buses are never going to roll, I fully intended to send my children to school. And, there was one particular time that I remember, ah, outside the Tuckerman School, where my younger son was going, ah, I used to meet him after school. And there were a lot of women that were selling, but--buttons and the buttons would say, ah, "Never" or "The Buses are Not Going to Roll" and all different kind of sayings and I was asked to buy some of those buttons and I refused not, ah, I just didn't want to be involved in that and other people that really noted who I was and that I did not do that and, ah, it's kind of vivid in my mind. I, I remember that, ah. Actually in the, in the spring of '74, ah, the John W. McCormick School, ah, held an open house and I went over there, ah, and met a lot of, ah, people that were involved at Columbia Point whether it was in community agencies or, ah, the local church and, ah, I guess I didn't really understand why there would be a problem in sending a child to school there. I think I've lost it.