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Alabama - Selma: Bruce Boynton Interviewee [Part 2]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with Bruce Boynton in Selma, Alabama. Boynton says his wife was the president of BEST, an group that organized marches over the tracking system in Selma Public Schools and the treatment of Roussell by the school board. Boynton says he is currently worried about his daughter who is in the Selma School system. He says she is very gifted and he is worried about her not being challenged by her school because of the color of her skin. During the marches against tracking, she was placed in a lower track in school when Boynton believed she should be in the top track. He says she did not tell him about it right away but got herself out of the lower track after a few days by talking to her teachers. Dent questions fully integrated schools, saying Black students need to know different things then White students. He believes they need to be taught Afro-Centrism as part of the curriculum. He talks about the school system in New Orleans. They talk about the national fight against levels in the school system and the new phenomena of other minorities joining the fight. Boynton talk about a book his grandmother gave him on an Afro-Honduran man who rose to the rank of Sargent in the Union army during the civil war. Boynton is thinking of re-printing and re-issuing it. Boynton talks about his experience in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He says the racism is less obvious but the Blacks there have no real power and they lack elected representation. He says this is a problem because the next generation does not really realize how oppressed they are because racism is so much less overt and more subversive. They know something is wrong because they do not have the material goods that they want but they do not connect it in the right way to their Blackness. He thinks it is a problem that the Black community expects their issues to be solved by someone else. They rely to heavily on elections and federal agencies and fail to tackle the problems themselves.
Civil rights leaders
Law & legal affairs
New Orleans (La.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 151, Item 2, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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