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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6pm to 7:15pm

Countway Library

10 Shattuck St, Boston, MA 02115

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Countway Library of Medicine is excited to have author Zebulon Miletsky discuss his book, Before Busing: A History of Boston's Long Black Freedom Struggle.

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Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and to have signed. 

About the Book:

Before Busing: A History of Boston's Long Black Freedom Struggle by Zebulon Vance Miletsky 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:

Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University. Dr. Miletsky is an historian specializing in recent African-American History, Civil Rights and Black Power, Urban History, Mixed Race and Biracial identity, and Hip-Hop Studies. His research interests include: African-Americans in Boston; Northern freedom movements outside of the South; Mixed race history in the U.S. and passing; and the Afro-Latin diaspora. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, essays and book chapters and is currently working on an edited volume on new directions in Boston African American History and school desegregation. He is also at work on his second monograph, a history of interracial marriage and racial passing in Boston and in Massachusetts. Ph.D.; African-American Studies with a concentration in History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2008.

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