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Compass Weekly, The; September in July; September in July


Evening Compass special features updates and information on the court-ordered busing for integration of Boston schools. Opens with footage of Racial Harmony Now Committee in WGBH studio. Ed Baumeister introduces news topics and gives a brief history of civil rights in Boston and segregation facts. Racial Harmony Now Committee holds an in-studio meeting to discuss community involvement in busing, school integration and education. Roy Covell (Boston Police Department) reports on police efforts to ensure the safety of students. John Kerrigan discusses his opposition to busing in Boston. John Kerrigan (Chairman, Boston School Committee) and Kathleen Sullivan (Boston School Committee) discuss the court order by Judge Garrity and the implementation of the state plan to integrate Boston schools in September. Greg Pilkington reports on the on-going hearings to determine a long-term remedy for integrating Boston schools. Eric Van Loon (lawyer for the plaintiffs, Morgan v. Hennigan) comments on the court ruling and the on-going hearings. Judy Stoia reports on MBTA proposals to cover busing needs. Members of the Citywide Education Coalition are in the studio to answer calls from parents and give information on neighborhood groups working with schools on the transition to the state racial balance plan.

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Compass Weekly, The
September in July

September in July

Series Description

Part of new plan of news programs and specials that premiered January 1974.

“The Compass Weekly” aired each Tuesday for a minimum of one hour. It was devoted to a single news topic covered in depth, with commentary and review of coverage elsewhere.

See Prime Time January 1974 for story in “Letter From The President.” Series release date: 1/22/1974

Program Description

Narrative history of Boston civil rights activism. Overview of racial imbalance in Boston schools. Racial Harmony Now Committee holds meeting in studio to discuss uniting the community in busing, involving parents in education. School committee chair John Kerrigan comments on Judge Garrity's desegregation ruling. Kathleen Sullivan. Citywide Education Coalition takes calls from parents. Lawyer for parent plaintiffs discusses court ordered desegregation. Robert Gould Shaw 54th regiment monument.



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Broadcast program

Media Type


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston (Mass.). School Committee
Hennigan, James W.
Busing for school integration
African Americans -- Civil rights
Alioto, Kathleen Sullivan
Race relations
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Garrity, W. Arthur (Wendell Arthur), 1920-1999
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Stoia, Judy (Reporter)
Baumeister, Ed (Reporter)
Pilkington, Greg (Reporter)
Alioto, Kathleen Sullivan (Speaker)
Chicago: “Compass Weekly, The; September in July; September in July,” 07/09/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A7A64AB76C35463D8BA38B28B020CC8E.
MLA: “Compass Weekly, The; September in July; September in July.” 07/09/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A7A64AB76C35463D8BA38B28B020CC8E>.
APA: Compass Weekly, The; September in July; September in July. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A7A64AB76C35463D8BA38B28B020CC8E
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