A young state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Brook­line named Michael Dukakis was one of 20 Mass­a­chu­setts leaders who signed a state­ment in sup­port of the march, which read in part: “This his­toric demon­stra­tion rep­re­sents a turning point in our nation’s devel­op­ment — the point at which we finally begin to honor our Con­sti­tu­tion and moral her­itage.” Dukakis would later go on to become gov­ernor and the Demo­c­ratic nom­inee for pres­i­dent in 1988.

How could one care deeply about the future of this country and not be appalled at the way we were con­tin­uing to treat people of color?” Dukakis, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said Tuesday.

As a senior at Swarth­more Col­lege, Dukakis spent a semester at Amer­ican Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ington, D.C., in 1954.

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