Interview with Evelyn Morash
QUESTION 4
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, you told me a story about working downtown, looking out the window and seeing groups of people marching up to the State House and how angry it made you in terms of what politicians were doing to their constituents.

EVELYN MORASH:

OK. That- I was working at that time at 27 School Street which is right next to the old City Hall. And it was in the days when they were trying to get the racial imbalance law repealed. Probably '73 or '74. But it was before the federal decision, the, ah, the federal cases being heard down at the federal courthouse on Devonshire Street. And I looked out the window. I heard all this turmoil outside. And there was a literal parade of people coming down through there, mothers, fathers, all watching, walking up with their signs from the different neighborhoods of Boston, storming up to the State House to get the state legislature to repeal the racial imbalance law. And I remember looking out that window in tears. And this is, this is right at the time we had gotten the libraries going. We were trying to recruit people to help out. I'm thinking to myself, you know, there's two issues. Number one, people are getting lied to, thinking that by walking up to the State House they can repeal the racial imbalance law and the threat of desegregating Boston schools is over. And that's not where the action was. The action was going on down at the federal courthouse and no one was told that. I mean, it was like that was a big surprise. So it was easy for people to pressure their local representatives and their local senators. And there were more of them they could exert pressure on. So there was that one issue of people being lied to, thinking that the racial imbalance law was repealed. The case was al- everything was all over and everything was going to be fine. But the other issue that really probably made me sadder was that they could t- pull out all these people to walk up to the State House, take time off from work, time away from home, on a negative activity where if this same amount of energy could have been put onto a positive action, there were mountains could have been moved. It was just a very, very sad experience to see those women walking up there.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Great. Cut.