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. Combining unseen archival 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.
'63 Boycott wins Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival
May 15, 2018 10:16 am
In memory of Art Shay
April 30, 2018 4:11 pm
'63 Boycott wins Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at PAFF!
February 23, 2018 2:29 pm
'63 Boycott has LA premiere tomorrow at PAFF
February 12, 2018 11:43 am