Living History: '63 Boycott Blog Connects Chicago's Past to Present

The team behind '63 Boycott launched a new blog today: '63 Boycott: A Living History will document stories shared with us by participants in the historic march against segregation in Chicago schools of October 1963, struggles in public education today, as well as production updates and source materials discovered while making the film.

The launch of this blog is a major step in realizing the essential goal of the project: to provide a modern perspective of the impact and legacy of the 1963 Boycott. Part oral history, part news blog, A Living History promises to be an engaging resource for exploring 50 years of student activism. The filmmakers note that "A Living History will be active, updated frequently, and live on long after the film is completed."

The "Boycotter" community have already been identifying each other and reconnecting. Check out informative local history remembrances of figures such as Herb Mack, a young teacher connected to Hyde Park High School who a former students recalls as an "unsung hero" of the march.

'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.

If you participated in this protest, please contact us. Take a moment to browse the Photo Gallery page; if you see yourself, or anybody you know, please leave contact information on the picture. We want to hear your story.