What is it?
The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. Neighborhood-based readings and facilitated discussions of former Boston Globe columnist Farah Stockman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series of commentaries on “Boston After Busing,” followed by a screening and panel discussion program featuring excerpts from a new documentary film, The Harvest. Co-produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist/historian Douglas Blackmon, the film explores the legacy of public school integration in Blackmon’s home town of Leland, Mississippi. By comparing and contrasting the outcomes in Boston and Leland, we expect to glean insights that help us to understand and address current inequities in our public schools.
The program is designed for anyone interested in understanding and addressing the continuing inequities in public schooling in Greater Boston. The reading circles and the screening/panel are open to the public free of charge. Organizations who would like to host a reading circle can simply fill out a request form.
What does this program do?
By comparing and contrasting the experiences of people in the Mississippi Delta town of Leland with those of the residents of Boston, participants will learn more about their own history and glean insights that may help them to better understand and address continuing social, racial, and educational inequities in Boston and across the Commonwealth.
Where can I find information about the various events?
Organizations and individuals will host reading circles. More information about how to host and how to find a reading circle may be found on the regularly updated Reading Circle page. Visit the screening and panel discussion page for more details and easy online free registration for the November 1st event.
Who funds it?
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Additional funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.