Bolling in the 1980s
|At-large member of the Boston City Council|
|Member of the Boston City Council for District 7|
|Preceded by||district created|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Crayton|
|At-large member of the Boston City Council|
Sept. 1992 – 1993
|Born||April 29, 1945|
|Died||September 11, 2012 (aged 67)|
Bruce Carlton Bolling (April 29, 1945 – September 11, 2012) was a politician and businessman in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as the first black president of the Boston City Council in the mid-1980s.
Bolling was educated at Boston English High School, Northeastern University, and received a master's degree in education from Antioch University (now Cambridge College). He was from "the city's most politically successful black family. His father, Royal L. Bolling, was a state senator and his brother, Royal L. Bolling Jr., served as state representative."
Around 1980, Bolling worked "in the administration of Mayor Kevin White in a variety of capacities, including positions in the Office of Public Safety and as a manager of a Little City Hall." In November 1981, he was elected to the Boston City Council, in the final election when all seats were at-large. He was subsequently re-elected to four two-year terms as the representative for District 7 (Roxbury). He was council president in 1986 and 1987 — "the first Black elected president of the Boston City Council." He lost his position on the council following the November 1991 election, when he unsuccessfully sought an at-large seat. He returned to the council in September 1992, following the death of at-large member Christopher A. Iannella, as Bolling had finished fifth in the election for four at-large seats. Bolling ran for Mayor of Boston in 1993, finishing fifth in the preliminary election.
Later years and legacy
In 2015, the Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square was renamed the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in his honor. The dedication ceremony was attended by his brother, Royal L. Bolling, Jr., Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and other Massachusetts politicians.
- "BRUCE C. BOLLING". The Boston Globe. August 5, 1993. p. 32. Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
- "Boston Council Member Bruce Bolling Magazine Candidacy In Mayoral Race". Jet. Vol. 84 no. 12. July 19, 1993. p. 29 – via Google Books.
- "Flynn rolls to a record triumph O'Neil, Iannella, Salerno, Nucci take at-large council races". The Boston Globe. November 6, 1991. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
- "Bolling to fill council vacancy". The Boston Globe. September 23, 1992. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
- "Bolling is welcomed back to City Council". The Boston Globe. September 24, 1992. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
- "BRUCE BOLLING". The Boston Globe. September 19, 1993. p. 7. Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
- "About MassAlliance". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-03-31 – via Wayback Machine.
- Ryan, Andrew (September 11, 2012). "Bruce Bolling, first black president of Boston City Council, dies at 67". The Boston Globe.
- "Bruce C. Bolling Building Renaming Ceremony". cityofboston.gov. April 7, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building". Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via Google Maps.
- Crimaldi, Laura (April 7, 2015). "Roxbury building renamed in honor of Bruce Bolling, a pioneer". The Boston Globe.
- Publications by Bolling
- Bolling, Bruce (May 27, 2000). "Plan to benefit South Boston betrays the idea of linkage". The Boston Globe. p. A15 – via pqarchiver.com.
- Bolling, Bruce (January 2, 1993). "Fear, disrespect go together; Let's diminish both". The Boston Globe. p. 11 – via pqarchiver.com.
- Bolling, Bruce (December 30, 1992). "Op Ed: What I've learned from my experience". Boston Herald. p. 21.
- Publications about Bolling
- Hornblower, Margot (16 January 1986). "Boston's new Council president reflects shift in race relations; Bruce Bolling and family making mark on politics". The Washington Post. p. A3 – via pqarchiver.com.
- Daly, Christopher J. (25 December 1992). "With the slamming of a taxi door, race issue reverberates in Boston". The Washington Post. p. A4 – via pqarchiver.com. (Controversy over taxi driver refusing to drive black City Councilman Bruce Bolling home to Roxbury neighborhood).
- Kreig, Andrew (January 10, 1982). "Redistricting May Open the Door to Boston's Minority Politicians". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Bolling profile at bostonlocaltv.org
- Bolling election records at ourcampaigns.com
- Community, Officials Honor Legacy of Bruce Bolling via YouTube
- Bruce C. Bolling Building Renaming Ceremony at cityofboston.gov (April 7, 2015)
- Bruce Bolling at Find a Grave
Joseph M. Tierney
| President of the Boston City Council
Christopher A. Iannella