Mattapan Reading Circle: Courageous Conversations October Event

Courageous Conversations in October

The next session in the Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice series will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at Church of the Holy Spirit Mattapan from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  

This month’s event will feature a reading and discussion circle on the history and consequence of the effort to integrate public schools in Boston and throughout the country. The event will consist of facilitated discussion of former Boston Globe columnist Farah Stockman’s Pulitizer-Prize Winning series of commentaries on “Boston After Busing.” The discussion will help build an informed audience for a larger community-wide discussion and screening of the award-winning documentary The Harvest, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Douglas Blackmon’s exploration of desegregation in his hometown of Leland, Mississippi. This screening is hosted by the Mass Humanities council and will take place at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St. Boston, MA 02119) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
More information on The Harvest film screening and panel discussion can be found here.

More information on the reading circles taking place across the Boston area on the topic of school desegregation can be found here. 


To prepare for the October 17th reading circle, read what you are able: 3, 7, or all 13 of the well written and insightful articles and reports selected by MassHumanities. 

3 Must Reads 
1. Whitey Bulger, Boston Busing, and Southie’s Lost Generation (Sept. 28, 2015) by Michael Patrick Macdonald
2. Naming Our Era of Racial Contradictions (Aug. 2, 2015) by Farah Stockman
3. How a Stand-Off Over Schools Changed the Country (Dec. 20, 2015) by Farah Stockman

4 Readings to Take You Deeper 
1. Boston Busing/Desegregation Report (Union of Minority Neighborhoods); pages 3-7.
2. Unfinished Business: 7 Questions/7 Lessons
3. Did Busing Slow the City’s Desegregation? (Aug. 9, 2015) by Farah Stockman
4. Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Echoes of Busing (Dec. 27, 2017) by Farah Stockman

6 Readings to Broaden Your Understanding 
The remaining Pulitzer Prize Winning Articles by Farah Stockman