'63  BOYCOTT

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SYNOPSIS

63 Boycott 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 aluminum mobile school units (trailers) on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. This Kartemquin film features then and now interviews with organizers and participants of the boycott with never-released 16mm footage of the march and student interviews. ’63 Boycott and this companion website will provide a modern perspective on the impact and legacy of this forgotten history 50 years later as it reconnects the participants to each other and the event itself.

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FILMMAKERS

  GORDON QUINN  DIRECTOR

GORDON QUINN
DIRECTOR

  RACHEL DICKSON  PRODUCER

RACHEL DICKSON
PRODUCER

  TRACYE MATTHEWS  PRODUCER

TRACYE MATTHEWS
PRODUCER

 

images courtesy Kartemquin Films