From CSRPC Executive Director: Screenings of ‘63 Boycott
Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State Street
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8:15pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 6:00pm
Produced by CSRPC Executive Director and documentary filmmaker, Tracye Matthews, '63 Boycott chronicles the Chicago School boycott of 1963 when more than 200,000 Chicagoans marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed aluminum mobile school units on vacant lots as a permanent solution to overcrowding in black schools. The 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 its 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.