March 21, 2019 7:45 pm
'63 Boycott will screen screen at the Chicago Cultural Center this Saturday, March 23 at 2PM. The screening is presented by WTTW, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The event is free and open to the public.RSVP for the screening here. Director Gordon Quinn, producer Tracye A. Matthews, and film participant and boycott organizer Charles Smith will be present for a post-screening discussion. '63 Boycott revisits October 22, 1963, when 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. '63 Boycott is presented by Kartemquin Films. A film by Rachel Dickson, Tracye A. Matthews and Gordon Quinn. Edited by Liz Kaar. Music by Tom Sivak. Associate produced by John Fecile and Zak Piper. Graphics by Connor O'Keefe and Evan Staley. Executive produced by Betsy Steinberg and Gordon Quinn. Produced by Rachel Dickson and Tracye A. Matthews. Directed by Gordon Quinn. The film will broadcast on WTTW Channel 11 on Thursday, March 28 at 9:30PM. Find details here.