Interview with Juanita Wade
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

So, what was that statement you made to us before about parents and what they wanted?

JUANITA WADE:

What was interesting about 1972 and the role of the NAACP was I think they misinterpreted the struggle in Boston to be similar to struggles that they had waged, particularly throughout the South. Boston parents had had a taste of controlling their own institutions, and in fact the struggle to desegregate the schools in the manner that the NAACP was putting forward diluted that struggle, was in fact taking power away from parents in their own neighborhoods and saying, "These young people will go all over the place. We will disperse them." So parents were in fact powerless, in South Boston, in Hyde Park, in Roslindale. Not only were they not able to organize with their neighborhood for quality education in their local schools, but they could not even go in those neighborhoods in safety to organize with those parents. So the power that they had been able to amass, particularly through the community control struggles, was totally diluted and dissipated.

INTERVIEWER:

Good, OK.