February 18, 2016 3:54 pm
The '63 Boycott project uses the web and original archival footage of Chicagoans protesting racial segregation in 1963 to encourage discussion of the past and present of the city's struggles around racial equality and the education system. The in-progress transmedia documentary project has collected numerous testimonials through a process of releasing footage and images and asking the public to share their recollections of participation in the boycotts. But their latest find is by far the most high profile yet.
Please visit http://63boycott.kartemquin.com/blog/bernie to read '63 Boycott producer Rachel Dickson's account of finding possible archival footage of a 21-year-old Bernie Sanders being arrested "at a protest in Englewood in the summer of 1963 at a site where Chicago Public Schools was planning to build an entire school out of Willis Wagons (mobile units) at 73rd and Lowe, between a railroad track and an alley. He was later fined $25 for resisting arrest. So we looked back at our footage of the protest shot by Jerry Temaner, one of Kartemquin’s co-founders, where we see a man with striking similarities to young Bernie Sanders being arrested. Is it Bernie Sanders? Help us to confirm it."
The media response to the blog has been dramatic and widespread, with over 135,000 people having watched the video just at the vimeo link above since it went live earlier this week. The story has been picked up by New York Daily News, In These Times, Slate, The AV Club, New York Post, The Daily Caller, and more.
WGN News came to our studio yesterday to interview Rachel Dickson and '63 Boycott director Gordon Quinn, and also visited the home of Kartemquin co-founder Jerry Temaner.