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Dorchester Reporter Managing Editor Bill Forry and Cambridge College professor Lyda Peters listen as community organizer Lorrayne Shen testifies during a City Council hearing on the 40th anniversary of school desegregation in Boston.

Dorchester Reporter Managing Editor Bill Forry and Cambridge College professor Lyda Peters listen as community organizer Lorrayne Shen testifies during a City Council hearing on the 40th anniversary of school desegregation in Boston.

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Busing forum bridges decades-old divide

For many black Bostonians, the date denotes court-ordered desegregation, a key development in a centuries-long fight for equal access to education and public resources.