If we ask the aged generations of Americans about 1960s, they will ultimately confirm that it was a decade of increasing concerns and social instability. Violent incidents in Mississippi, Watts, and Detroit provoked series of riots, where police and other government structures were also involved. To smoothen the conflict escalation, Boston-based METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) and the Department of Education have launched a program that allows black families from Boston and Springfield to send their children to suburban school system. Usage of safety busses diminished the total amount of racial fights between children. 

 

A history we will never forget

In his childhood, Graf was always surrounded by schoolmates who made a round-bus trip on a daily basis, because his parents participated in METCO program as a host family. Mike Mascoll, who grew up as one of those inner-city kids, desired to add some personal stories from his past to the book  of Susan Eaton “The Other Boston Busing Storyand tun it into a documentary movieMaking a replica wasn’t his aim, so he decided to settle a research first. Many treachers,  former bus drivers, volunteers, parents and students took part in his project and were interviewed. The result Mike got was a complex picture with perspective of 1960s from both sides of the campaign. No matter where you live and who are your parents- you have a right on getting an education. No doubts that an an opportunity given by METCO demanded enough dedication: 5 a.m.  wake-ups, for example.

On The Line. Metco

On The Line. Metco

Apart from interview, Gref has decided to make a more significant impact in the documentary: his ads-creating agency was practicing in doing the titles and end credits, “just helping out here and there with some nuts and bolts”. The following attempts of making the issue visible is to distribute movie among schools and universities. Moreover,  Gref noticed that a number of enrollment to the social support in Massachusetts remains stable.What measures can we implement for the betterment? Anyway, it takes times to see the changes.

On The Line. Metco

 

The importance of integration

The film’s central hypothesis is rooted in modern political, social and cultural processes of integration and migration. The unity of nation starts from the understanding of common priorities, and moral aspects are the thing we should pay a lot of attention. Despite many years passed, cruel consequenses of segregation still stay alive in our society, we can’t get rid of them. To foster the social transformation in more humanistic way, young generations should understand causes and historical background of racism. Eventually, education is the main power that can overcome any “social disease”.

On The Line. Metco

On The Line. Metco

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