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Join us for a film screening of 63 Boycott, followed by a panel discussion.

On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed "Willis Wagons," on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools.

Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants' reflections today, '63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

Bullfrog Films may be found on Harvard Library's Streaming Platform, Docuseek.

Learn more about the spring 2021 Anti-Racism Film Series and the Black in America and COVID19 Project.