1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott Digital Exhibit Is Live Now!

Photo of the 1963 Chicago Freedom Day by Art Shay, courtesy of Kartemquin Films

We are thrilled to announce the availability of two exciting new free resources that explore a significant event in civil rights history, the 1963 Chicago Freedom Day.

The resources are based on footage shot by Kartemquin Films for their film ‘63 Boycott, which connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

Now, audiences will be able to view dozens of hours previously unseen interviews with civil rights leaders and activists.

This collection of never-before-seen footage provides audiences with the opportunity to understand how today’s struggles for social justice build on lived experience and enduring issues.

Dive into the collection now at: www.mediaburn.org/63boycott

We are also excited to announce the launch of the ‘63 Boycott digital exhibit, which features materials from Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, and UIC Special Collections and Archives, in addition to the Kartemquin footage and images.

The exhibit was created in collaboration with Chicago Collections Consortium, a membership organization dedicated to keeping Chicago’s history and culture alive.

The exhibit is useful both for general audiences as well as for classroom use, primarily at the high school and college level.

View the digital exhibit here: https://exhibits.chicagocollections.org/63boycott



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