Civil rights movement comes to South Boston
The N.A.A.C.P. entered a float in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1964.
“The purpose of our entry... and the message of the sign re the same — The basic similarity between the Irish fight for freedom and the freedom fight of the Negro for equality,” said N.A.A.C.P. Executive Secretary Thomas I. Atkins in the Globe on March 17, 1964.
But the float was met with racial slurs and thrown rocks, the actions of what the N.A.A.C.P. called a “lunatic fringe” in the Globe on March 19.
Ted Kennedy decried the stoning, saying, “Had I known what was happening I would have done what I could to prevent it,” in the Globe on March 27.