Gaining Ground – New Day Films – Sociology – Urban Studies

Gaining Ground – New Day Films – Sociology – Urban Studies


[improvisational jazz] DR. KING: Boston must
become a leader among cities. A vision of a new Boston must
extend into the heart of Roxbury and into the mind
of every child. Boston must conduct the creative
experiment in the abolition of ghettos, which will point
the way to other communities. [mellow jazz] -When I first moved to this
neighborhood, the neighborhood had a lot of garbage, a lot of
trash, a lot of vacant lots. It was like a no-man’s land. [music rises with energy] We actually were able to
get people from all different parts of the neighborhood
to come together. We rallied, we marched,
we fought. -Are you crazy?
It can’t be done. Never been done.
Can’t be done. Shouldn’t be done.
Don’t do it. -People’s only crime here was
that they were poor, powerless, and had no advocate.
That was changing now. -Our plan is for everybody to
work together as a community. We are a part of the Dorchester,
the Roxbury community. We are all one people. -This is the first time
that I feel that I belong to this place, and it’s mine.

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