Use this page to find primary source materials and curricula to support educational use of the Boston Public School Desegregation Collection.
The Boston Public Schools Desegregation Collection has over 4,000 items from Boston area archives to explore. There are many ways to use and explore this collection. You can search, browse, or read more contextual materials on this portal. See below for an option that best suits how you want to explore the collection.
Classroom tools and documents
The City of Boston Archives developed a series of grade school lesson plans to accompany their materials on school desegregation in Boston. Visit lesson plans that feature the use of materials from their collections below.
Key people and terms
The City of Boston Archives developed a primary source based curriculum for students to learn about school desegregation. Included was a list of key people and key terms for understanding school desegregation in Boston. Click here to download a PDF of their list of terms. Here are some examples of key terms and individuals:
- Judge Arthur Garrity: was a United States Federal judge who became best known for issuing the 1974 order that Boston schools would carry out desegregation by means of forced busing.
- Segregation: the action or state of setting someone or something apart from other things or people. The forced separation of different racial groups in a country, community, or establishment.
A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded a week long workshop entitled "A Long Road from Brown: Desegregation in Virginia," for teachers of grades 6-12 to re-frame the teaching of school desegregation. This workshop resulted in the creation of curricula that explored school desegregation and its impact. A sample of the curricula are listed below:
- "School Desegregation in Virginia:" Grades 5-6 lesson plan that explores when it is acceptable to break the law in the context of student walk-outs.
- "Exploring School Desegregation in Connecticut:" Grades 6-8 lesson plan that observes desegregation in the North and the effects of segregation on Connecticut public schools.
- "What are you willing to fight for?:" Grades 9-12 lesson plan that examines the role of student walk-outs in desegregation.