Join Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Facing History and Ourselves and other organizations for a screening of selected excerpts from The Harvest, a new documentary film about one Southern town’s experience with school desegregation. The film will serve as a jumping point for a discussion on Boston’s own efforts to desegregate in the 1970s and 1980s. Moderated by the films co-producer Douglas Blackmon, the discussion will include former Boston Globe (now New York Times) columnist Farah Stockman and two former Boston residents who experienced the political and social upheaval of the Boston busing crisis: Michael Patrick MacDonald who grew up in South Boston’s Old Colony housing project and Cheryl Harris who grew up in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.
Douglas Blackmon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name and co-producer of the documentary, “The Harvest.”
Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in the Irish neighborhood of South Boston and wrote the memoirs All Souls, A Family Story from Southie, a New York Times best-seller, and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion.
Farah Stockman, former columnist for The Boston Globe (now with the New York Times) and winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Cheryl Harris grew up in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston and is now senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Attleboro and CEO of the consulting firm Cheryl Harris and Associates, Inc.
This is a Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities event in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves and other community organizations. It is open to the public free of charge. Click below to register.