Honoring the 1963 Chicago School Boycott


For our Thursday evening opening celebration we honor the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Chicago school boycott, during which an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 students stayed out of school to protest segregation and inequality. This spirited and inspiring opening event will include the screening of a trailer for a new documentary, ’63 Boycott, produced by Kartemquin Films, that will be released in the fall. Following the screening, THE MARCH Civil Rights Opera Project will present Shades of Mississippi, an interactive theater experience of freedom songs, speeches and testimonies based on the July 20,1963 mass meeting where the direct action campaign to desegregate Chicago’s public schools was launched. Afterwards, we will have a question and answer session with activists from the original boycott and contemporary education justice organizers. You don’t want to miss this unique experience. 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

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Parking can be difficult during weekday business hours; on-street parking is generally not a problem on weekends and evenings. A multiple-story parking facility is available for a modest fee, with entrances at both Greenwood and Ellis Avenues, south of 55th Street (two blocks west the church). On-street parking is always easier a block or two north of 55th Street.

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