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Finding a Political Voice

Spurred by catalysts such as the passage of the Racial Imbalance Act, Boston's African American community began to develop a coherent and audible political voice in the 1960s and 1970s. Education became an especially powerful rallying point, particularly as Boston entered into court-ordered desegregation, a protracted and ugly struggle beginning in 1974.