Paul Parks

An interview with Paul Parks (1923-2009), a former engineer, civil rights activist, and shaper of education policy in Boston. Parks was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he entered the engineering program at Purdue University. As a sophomore, Parks was drafted into the army and served with a combat engineering unit during World War II. After the war, Parks earned a doctorate in engineering from Northeastern University, and he became heavily invested in community and political organizations in Boston, like the NAACP. In Interview 1, Parks discusses some of the problems facing Boston Public Schools, including segregation. In the late 1960s, Parks was named the Administrator of the Model Cities Program in Boston, and he talks about the program's lasting impacts on the Lower Roxbury area. In Interview 2, Parks talks about getting drafted as a sophomore at Purdue and his penchant for stirring up "trouble" as an advocate for integration. Parks also briefly talks about his childhood and his Seminole heritage. This interview was collected as part of Northeastern University's Lower Roxbury Black History Project (2007-2009). Finding aid: http://www.library.neu.edu/archives/collect/findaids/m165find.htm

Media

Audio

An Interview with Paul Parks, March 16, 2009 [sound recording]
An Interview with Paul Parks, June 8, 2009 [sound recording]

Transcript

An Interview with Paul Parks, March 16, 2009 [transcript]
An Interview with Paul Parks, June 8, 2009 [transcript]

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Governor Michael Dukakis's Cabinet.
Joe Warren and Paul Parks.
Leroy Keith, Jr., Paul Parks, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, unknown male, and John Bynoe.
Lois Harrison Jones the first African-American woman Superintendent of Schools.
A Meeting with Vernon Jordan.
The Model Cities Board with Tom Atkins.
The Model Neighborhood Board.
Paul Parks and Michael Dukakis.
Paul Parks and Michael Dukakis at the ribbon cutting for Crispus Attucks's Children Center.
Paul Parks and the Head of Construction and Development at Dudley Station.
Paul Parks before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Parks, Ellen Jackson, and Michael Dukakis.
Presentation of the Kiwanis Man of the Year Award.
Raymond Flynn and Paul Parks.
Raymond Flynn, Governor Michael Dukakis, Paul Parks, and Flash Wiley.
An unknown man, Walter Dunfey, Paul Parks, and Coretta Scott King.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964.