Tributes to Sheldon Seevak

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Stars and Strife A clash of cultures at Boston's City Hall in 1976 symbolized the city's years-long confrontation with the busing of schoolchildren * By Celia Wren * Smithsonian magazine, April 2006 The incident on Boston’s City Hall Plaza took no more than 15 seconds, Ted Landsmark recalls. He was set upon and punched; someone swung an American flag at him; his attackers fled; he glanced down at his suit. “I realized I was covered with blood, and at that moment I understood that something quite significant had happened.” What had happened was partly an accident of timing—a collision between »

Boston -- With Virgil's ``Aeneid'' open on their desks, students at Boston Latin School enthusiastically respond to a barrage of questions about the Roman epic depicting the travels and travails of the Trojan warrior Aeneas. ``Who is disguised as a Spartan maiden?'' asks veteran teacher Catherine Wight, in a classroom bedecked with posters of Greek vases and models of the Parthenon and a gladiator's plumed helmet. Nearly all 31 students raise their hands, as several Latin honors students shout out the correct answer -- Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, who was also Aeneas' mother. The competition in the »

A muted farewell Louise Day Hicks, symbol of era, is eulogized in low-key service By Joanna Weiss and Michael Kenney, Globe Staff And Globe Correspondent, 10/26/2003 Once, as the symbol of the fight against school busing, Louise Day Hicks stood before huge crowds, spoke for an angry movement, captured her neighborhood's consciousness. But in the quarter-century that passed between the day Hicks retreated from public life and the day she died last week at 87, much in her native South Boston has changed. Political norms have shifted, passions have waned. And at her funeral yesterday, in the parish where she »

HARVARD GAZETTE (November 2002) Has Boston shed its racist reputation? : Panel tackles racism and segregation in Boston By Beth Potier Gazette Staff It's been almost 30 years since buses of black students were pelted with rocks and tomatoes in South Boston. More than a decade has lapsed since Charles Stuart shot his wife in Mission Hill and sparked a veritable witch hunt for a black killer who never existed. Is Boston, America's third-whitest major metropolitan area, as racist as it once was? Can a city that embraces its history firmly and fondly shed its reputation? Is this city of »

Louise Day Hicks Dies at 87; Led Anti-Busing Effort in Boston By Adam Bernstein Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 23, 2003; Page B06 Louise Day Hicks, 87, who tapped into racial and class discontent to become leader of the anti-busing movement in her native Boston, died Oct. 21. The location and cause of death was not reported. For the last 20 years, she had been a recluse, living in her childhood home. A judge's daughter, she received her law degree at 39 and climbed swiftly to national attention as chairwoman of Boston's school board in the mid-1960s. She involved »

Knee-length navy blue dress. Pearl earrings. Heels. Lorraine Herbert's a knockout as she strides up to the door of one of Boston's hottest nightspots. It's a Thursday evening and the sidewalks of the Back Bay are hopping. But she hesitates. She doesn't go in. She walks past the windows and peers inside. It's a typical crowd men and women laughing at the bar, families crowding around tables, couples holding hands everyone white. Herbert stands outside. She looks uncertain, like she's about to walk away. Finally, with a nervous step, she walks past the pretty hostess into the bar. »

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