Former Boston Mayor Kevin Hagan White, who steered the city through the racial storm caused by court-ordered school desegregation and is credited with giving political access to blacks, women and gays, died late last month at his Beacon Hill home.
White, who was from a seasoned Boston political family and served four terms as mayor, was 82.
I was living in the city when he was elected to his first term as mayor in 1967. He defeated Louise Day Hicks, the loud-mouthed South Boston segregationist and anti-busing activist who galvanized the city's white, working-class neighborhoods with her racist views.
She proudly ran her mayoral campaign on twin slogans:...