Thomas I. Atkins, Boston Civil Rights Activist Dies

The Sunday Boston Globe reports that Thomas I. Atkins, lawyer, Boston’s first black at-large city councilor, NAACP leader and tireless Civil Rights activist known for his role in the 1970s school segregation cases involving busing in Boston has died at 69 of Lou Gherig’s disease. 

Born in Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Atkins graduated from Harvard Law School and remained in the Boston area where he is credited with many things including minimizing the unrest in Boston after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   While other cities were rioting, Atkins persuaded Mayor Kevin White to continue with plans to hold a James Brown concert at Boston Garden and have it televised live.  

The entire article can be found at www.boston.com by using their search function or at the below link:  http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2008/06/29/civil_rights_trailblazer_atkins_dies_at_69/

Mr. Atkins leaves two sons, his former wife, siblings in Indiana, and three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.  His daughter, Trena, predeceased him in 2006.  The family is planning a memorial service in lieu of a funeral. 

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1 Comment

  1. jespada said,

    September 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I wonder if you can pass on to the family my name and e-mail so that I can contact them. I happen to know his daughter who was put up for adoption when a baby.


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