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School Desegregation in Boston

Your Dog Loves My Dog
Songwriters: James Bevel and Bernard LaFayette
Performed by: The Nashville Quartet

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Like many freedom songs, "Your Dog Loves My Dog" seemed to address events and situations far beyond those for which it was originally created. An original composition by James Bevel and Bernard LaFayette of the Nashville Quartet, this song questions segregation from a child's point of view. Bevel explained that he was not allowed to play with the white neighbor children, "but we had two dogs. He had a dog and we had a dog. Our dogs would always play together."

With the order to desegregate Boston schools through busing, the nation saw that even in a city that had once been at the heart of the 19th century abolitionist movement, there were parents whose intolerance led them to attack innocent children for attending class with theirs.

For more on music and the movement, read comments by Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Music courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, www.si.edu/ folkways.

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