Interview with Robert Kiley

So I'd like you to help us set up the committee in Boston in relation to the issue of quality education, school desegregation, busing.


Well the school committee--five person group--had been working the school desegregation issue for years and years. Louise Hicks is a name that will live forever part and parcel with the school committee. And you have to remember that she ran twice for mayor, by the early seventies. Once in 1967 and once in 1970 as a member of the school committee. Her opponent both times was Kevin White. And the issue certainly in 1967, was school busing. In fact in the late 1960s the term school busing emerged in Boston as a national question. Mrs. Hicks was on the cover of a news magazine before she ran for mayor. So the question of the quality of education, the racial composition of Boston school districts went back a long way and are very much a part of the fabric of the school committee. By the early 70s the issue had been worked, and worked again, and reworked, and worked again, and overworked. And that's the stage for 1972, 1973, 1974 and the law suit