Interview with Phyllis Ellison

Now, you told me that you thought that the media played an important part in the way that things happened.


The students at that time, and myself included, knew that if we wanted to get out of school, if we wanted to feel important, that we'd start a fight and during a major, like thir- after third period in the bathroom. And so the students would be released for the day. We know we would go home or we'd go over to UMass and we'd see it on, we'd watch it on the six o'clock news. I think if the media hadn't played that role or you know, every day South Boston High School's on the six o'clock news and the next morning it's the front page, hit the front page, that the students may not have fought so much or they, there wouldn't have been so much violence.