Humanities Event

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:00 PM1:00 PM
The State Library of Massachusetts invites you to join us at noon on Tuesday, September 18, for an author talk and book signing with Dr. Karilyn Crockett, author of "People Before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making." The book explores the 1960s grassroots movement to halt the planned extension of the interstate highway system through the city of Boston. When it became clear that the planned highway would disproportionately impact poor communities of color, activists began to organize in order to push back. Now, thanks to this victorious multiracial coalition of anti-highway protestors, Bostonians are able to enjoy a highway-less urban corridor and a linear central city park, testaments to the power of citizen-led city making.