A former freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and more, Shay snapped countless celebrities and important moments of the 20th century. His photos of the boycott show protest leaders and regular Chicagoans flooding the streets. Head to the gallery to click and tag people you recognize in the photos, so that we can track them down and include them in the documentary. You can also view them on Facebook.
'63 Boycott 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 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.
The original group of images on the '63 Boycott site are stills digitally captured from original 16mm film footage shot of the protests by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn. Since the project launched in 2013 even more footage has been discovered and incorporated in to the in-progress documentary edit. We recently added a key interview with parent organizer Rosie Simpson into the work in progress cut, and we are continuing to search for completion funding.
If you participated in this protest, please contact us. Take a moment to browse our Photo Gallery page; if you see yourself, or anybody you know, please leave contact information on the picture. We want to hear your story. Please sign up for our mailing list to get news, and donate to support the film's completion.
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