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Carolyn: An Intimate Portrait on Race in Boston
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In 1976 Charlestown High School was at the center of some of the worst racial violence this city has ever seen. When court-ordered busing brought black children into the all-white neighborhood of Charlestown, it exploded. Almost twenty years later the shock still reverberates.

This radio portrait is about one woman’s change, her on-going attempts at change in the face of her own legacy of racism. She is Carolyn Wren Shannon, a 33 year old youth worker, the former captain of the Charlestown High School Cheerleading squad, and a member of one of Charlestown’s sprawling Irish families that form the heart of the community.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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