Interview with Evelyn Morash
QUESTION 5
JACKIE SHEARER:

So could you tell us the story again about sitting at work and looking out the window?

EVELYN MORASH:

OK. At that time it was pro- it had to either have been '73 or '74, been more early '74 when they were trying to get the racial imbalance law repealed. And I was working at that time at 27 School Street which was directly next to old City Hall, down the street from the State House. And I could hear all this noise outside. And I went to the window and there was a literal parade of parents, men and women, coming back from the State House with their signs from all the different neighborhoods. And they had been coerced, encouraged by their, by local school committee people to get up to the State House to put pressure on to their legislators, the representative senators to repeal the racial imbalance law. And there were two issues that really bothered me and made sad. Number one was they were, they were told to get up to the State House and get the racial imbalance law repealed, and never being told that the real action on the desegregation of Boston schools was happening down at the federal courthouse. And no matter what happened to the racial imbalance law, this still was a federal law that had to be complied with. And that the, Judge Garrity was holding sessions right then while this parade was going on. So that was one issue that they were lied to. The other issue was that I saw and had been involved in organizing the school libraries, and saw this wasted energy, this manpower and womanpower walking up there, being just on the negative activity. And all I could think was you know, if that amount of energy was exerted in a positive way they could have moved mountains.