The Legacy of James Kelly

Boston will farewell a longtime fixture of its local politics on Friday. The family of James Kelly has announced plans for a funeral in South Boston, the neighborhood he championed throughout his career.

Kelly served a record seven consecutive terms as president of Boston's City Council, which he joined in 1983. In the 1970s, he gained notoriety as a staunch opponent of school busing.

James Kelly died of cancer yesterday at the age of 66. WBUR's Fred Thys has more on the story.

This program aired on January 10, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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