'63 Boycott

  1. On March 17th, 2013, the filmmakers of '63 Boycott attended the workshop performance of an opera organized by the Civil Rights Opera titled "Shades of Mississippi", written and directed by Alan Marshall depicting the 1963 Chicago Public School boycott. The show at Christ the Mediator Church located in Chicago's South Side drew an audience of those who participated in the boycott of 1963, Chicago's largest civil rights demonstration. 

    The filmmakers connected with many of these participants, along with the brothers, sisters, friends and family of participants. One woman in particular stood out, though. Taking an interest in the '63 Boycott booth, this woman recognized herself in an image taken from the footage filmed at the 1963 boycott. 

    The goal of this film and website (63boycott.com) is to reach out to those who marched in protest against the Chicago Public Schools, and to show the similarities between racism in the school system in the 60's and the problems facing the school system today.

    Did you or a family member participate in the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott? We’d love to hear your story and see any photos, flyers, or pamphlets from the event you might have to share! We are excited to see any images you have and may be interested in interviewing you for the film. You may also email us directly at 63boycott@kartemquin.com or call us at 773-413-9263.

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  2. Did you or someone you know participate in the 1963 Chicago School Boycott? Kartemquin Films filmed the boycott in 1963 and we are searching for participants in this historic event who are interested in sharing their stories for possible inclusion in the '63 Boycott film now in production.

    '63 Boycott will feature previously unreleased 16mm footage of the event, along with then and now interviews with organizers and demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on October 22, 1963, protesting the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis. 63 Boycott and its companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later, reconnecting the participants to each other and the event itself.

    Please contact 63boycott@kartemquin.com for more information. kartemquin.com/films/63-boycott

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'63 Boycott

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’63 Boycott is a Kartemquin film and web project that chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed…


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’63 Boycott is a Kartemquin film and web project that chronicles the Chicago Public School Boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools.

All the videos in this channel also appear in our blog at 63boycott.com.

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