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NAACP Community Info newsletter (1964) and NAACP March, photographs (1975)

National African American organizations were visible and persistent allies with their Boston counterparts, forming local chapters, supporting local movements, and turning up in force for local demonstrations. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) supported the Freedom Stay-out school boycott in 1964, encouraging local institutions to form "Freedom Schools" where students would continue to learn despite leaving public schools in protest. Later in 1975, after years of supporting the drive for desegregation in Boston schools, the NAACP organized a march in Boston on the 21st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education that ended school segregation. Representatives from chapters all across the country gathered to demonstrate in support of court-ordered desegregation in Boston schools.

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From the Freedom House records.

From the Joseph Warren papers.