METCO 5th Annual Evening of Champions Dinner Dance


This oversized vinyl banner announces a METCO dinner dance which was a fundraising event in support of The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, a non-profit organization designed to eliminate racial imbalance in education through busing of a couple hundred students into seven suburban Boston school districts starting in 1966. Although the program was partially funded through state funds and grants, additional funding was used to create and subsidize before and after school programs for child care as well as to provide early Black History classes. The program was conceived by Ruth Batson and Brookline School Committee Chair Dr. Leon Trilling and was managed by and administered by Robert C. Hayden(1969-1973) and Jean McGuire (1973-2017). Tthe program became so popular that it enrolls over 3,300 students and has a waiting list of close to three times that number.

The banner has a purple background with lighter purple splashes of color. From left to right it reads: METCO with seven raised hands above, and The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, Inc., below. The center of the banner describes the event: 5th Annual Evening of Champions Dinner Dance. To the far right are the sponsors: Blue Cross/ Blue Shield depicted by their logo and Massachusetts underneath. Below to the left is the logo for Stop & Shop, 100 years, 1914-2014, with their logo and an illustration of fireworks. To the far right is the logo for Santander, along with their name. Underneath is the phrase TOUCH/the FABRIC of the BLACK community/106.1 FM/

Date Made: 2014

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts

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Credit Line: Jean M. McGuire

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.0074.34Accession Number: 2018.0074Catalog Number: 2018.0074.34

Object Name: vinyl banner

Physical Description: ink (part: material)metal (part: material)plastic (part: material)Measurements: overall: 40.5 cm x 241 cm; 15 15/16 in x 94 7/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1924075

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