A History of Boston's Long Black Freedom Struggle
By Zebulon Vance Miletsky
280 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6277-0
Published: December 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6276-3
Published: December 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6278-7
Published: November 2022
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Before Busing tells the story of the men and women who struggled and demonstrated to make school desegregation a reality in Boston. It reveals the legal efforts and battles over tactics that played out locally and influenced the national Black freedom struggle. And the book gives credit to the Black organizers, parents, and children who fought long and hard battles for justice that have been left out of the standard narratives of the civil rights movement. What emerges is a clear picture of the long and hard-fought campaigns to break the back of Jim Crow education in the North and make Boston into a better, more democratic city—a fight that continues to this day.
About the Author
Zebulon Vance Miletsky is associate professor of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University.
For more information about Zebulon Vance Miletsky, visit the Author Page.
"Impressive . . . .Before Busing resoundingly reaffirms that a second glance at places we do not assume to be home to dramatic freedom struggles may actually be cradles of radical grassroots reform.”—Black Perspectives
"This is a history of Black and white Bostonians in all their variations in ethnicity and national origin that few others, if any, could have written. Before Busing begins at the origins and guides us through victories and defeats, competing goals and contradictory strategies. There is a galaxy of personalities: some well known, many revealed for the first time. Strong throughout, brilliant when combining existing scholarship and archival research with interviews and insights gained from personal experience, Before Busing gets Boston 'right.'"—John H. Bracey, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"This is a significant contribution, which will do much to shift discussion around Black America’s long struggle for civil rights from the South to the North, and to expose how African Americans in the North, particularly urban Boston, used their particular environments, politics, and social conditions to respond to the rapidly changing social and political conditions. It skillfully shows how the community of Black Bostonians unified and built coalitions to define freedom, citizenship and equality."—Shawn Leigh Alexander, author of An Army of Lions: The Struggle for Civil Rights before the NAACP