New Film Coming Soon on Boston Busing Riots

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Boston busing riots from way back in the 1970’s are still stirring up talk today with an upcoming documentary to be released this week. The Associated Press reports that “the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, a Boston advocacy group, is to unveil the documentary Tuesday at the Boston Public Library. It’s called “Can We Talk?” The film is part of the organization’s years-long Boston Busing/Desegregation Project.”

One of the purposes of this documentary, according to project coordinator Donna Bivens, is to show that the Boston bus riots were about more than racial tensions between black and whites. They were about everyone having equal access to education. The Associated Press also reports that Bivens says “organizers of the 10-year project plan to hold community meetings around Boston with victims of the riots and seek to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Currently there is no further information available.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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