Sneak Peek of '63 Boycott this Thursday at Hyde Park Union Church

This Thursday at the Free Minds, Free People conference, we will premiere a never-before-seen ten minute trailer of our upcoming documentary, `63 Boycott. The film 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 mobile school units on playgrounds and parking lots as a “permanent solution” to overcrowding in black schools. The project, which incorporates recent interviews with our historical footage from 1963, will offer 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.

Rosie Simpson, one of the parent organizers of the Boycott, and Ralph Davis, a high school student participant interviewed in our 1963 footage, will speak alongside Boycott organizers and activists Timuel Black and Fannie Rushing about the Boycott and lessons for organizing around education issues today.

Afterwards, we will have a question and answer session with activists from the original boycott and contemporary education justice organizers. This event is co-sponsored by Freedom Lifted.

This event will take place at
Hyde Park Union Church
Thursday, July 11, 7:30 PM
5600 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Free and open to the public

Kartemquin Films invites participants across the country to share their stories of the Boycott and how it shaped their lives at, via email at, or call 773-413-9263.