Interview with Juanita Wade

So, again, you're back down, back then in time, and Boston is being wracked by racial violence, fear, confusion. How did you feel about the burden that Black families had?


The implementation of the desegregation plan was very difficult on the Black community. The burden of desegregating the schools fell on Black families from Roxbury, the South End, Dorchester, and Matapan. Our young children had to ride the buses into communities, into violence, anger, every day. Um, it was uncomfortable and it was difficult. Many parents at that time said, "I will not do this to my child." Many parents rode in their cars behind the buses so they could escort their individual child through the doorway, through the police barricades, around the angry, um, residents of those neighborhoods. Um, that was a time for, particularly the Black parents, where desegregation, it wasn't worth it. The parents were saying, "This is not worth it." Particularly, faced with the fact that there was nothing being done, particularly around the quality of education in the classroom. This was merely a plan to mix children around.


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