Richard S. Milstein is a Massachusetts attorney and founding director of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Committed to public and community service, Dick was instrumental in co-founding WGBY, the WGBH-affiliated public television station in western Massachusetts. We interviewed him at his home in Boston.
Why do you care how people treat each other?
I was raised that way. My parents knew firsthand what it was like to experience prejudice. They both immigrated to the United States in the early twentieth century to escape the Russian pogroms. My father opened a shoe store in Westfield, Mass and we grew up in an environment where everyone was welcome. My father was a generous spirit. Even though he didn’t have much, I don’t remember him turning down anyone who asked him for money.
What drew you to No Bully? It’s so easy to focus on what we are dealing with in our adult lives and to tune out what kids deal with on a daily basis. When my friends and I learned about No Bully and how they are changing schools, it opened up many memories of what we went through when we were young.
Prejudice bothers me a great deal. People tend to generalize about others because of their color, their religion, their sexual orientation or their race. I find such generalizations abhorrent. I’m so impressed that No Bully is taking on the challenge of changing school culture.
How come you named No Bully in your estate plan? We all leave legacies of some sort. It’s important for me to know that my legacy will have lasting impact in the way the next generation treats each other.