2013 City Wide Boycott

Camera original footage shot for the documentary '63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. On August 28, 2013, nearly 50 years after the 1963 Freedom Day, activists from several Chicago community groups called for a one-day boycott of Chicago Public Schools. Their action came in response to the Chicago Board of Education's decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program. Activists held a demonstration in front of the Chicago School Board's downtown office, followed by a march to City Hall. Citing discriminatory practices and unequal distribution of resources to neighborhoods of predominately working class African-American and Latino residents, demonstrators called for a publicly elected school board.

 

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