Schools in Boston, MA are ordered to implement a desegregation plan.
1974 (Jun 21)
U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., ruled in Boston, Massachusetts, that the Boston public school system was unconstitutionally segregated and ordered the implementation of a desegregation plan, including the busing of several thousand school children in the fall of 1974. The order prohibited enrollments of 50 percent or more non-whites in any school. There were 95,000 pupils attending Boston public schools at the time of the decision. The Boston edict stemmed from a suit filed on behalf of Black parents by the NAACP in the spring of 1972. The Blacks contended that Boston operated a dual school system and asked the court to dismantle it.