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'63 BOYCOTT connects the massive 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.

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"A remarkable film...A magnificent piece of film-making...Engaging from opening to closing credits. But it is the narrative, woven from historical and contemporary footage along with interviews of the participants that truly grips the viewer and immediately catapults this film into the must-see category. The film-makers have given us an unforgettable reminder of the power of collective action and our continued need for it to address the living legacy of racism in Chicago and beyond."
David J. Harris, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School

"History teachers like me feel lucky when we can get our hands on a short, uplifting, and teachable film like this. '63 BOYCOTT adds a vivid and inspiring missing chapter. History has much to teach us these days, and honest images can enliven a classroom. In an era of weakened public schools, ongoing racism, and a looming climate crisis, young people and their parents and teachers welcome clear examples of how to think big and speak out together."
Peter H. Wood, Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University, Author, Black Majority and Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America

"A terrific documentary...poignant and timely. This film helps you realize that some issues endure for generations. '63 BOYCOTT offers a powerful reminder of the struggle post-Brown v. Board of Education to integrate our schools. This is a story about the limits of law and the need for grassroots activism. A wonderful tool for classroom use and larger settings."
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Professor of Law, Adjunct Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and Political Science, Indiana University-Bloomington

"[Provides] piercingly intimate portrayals of the protestors' experiences."
Elaine Chen, South Side Weekly

"While the 1963 boycott did not achieve its specific demands, it is clear from the recollections of multiple participants that it sparked something, including a desire to achieve personal educational goals, a long-term interest in community activism and school improvement, and an awareness of injustices that weren't just happening in another part of the country."
Mark Walsh, Education Week

"'63 BOYCOTT is a timely look backward as the U.S. public education system stands vulnerably in the crosshairs of public officials who seem determined to destroy it."
Marilyn Ferdinand,

"The 1963 boycott in Chicago public schools was a pivotal event in the history of the struggle to desegregate education. Even more compelling are the powerful connections '63 BOYCOTT makes to the contemporary struggle for equal educational access. It's a captivating story that unearths a little-known chapter in the history of the black freedom movement and showcases grass roots engagement by ordinary people."
Premilla Nadasen, Professor of History, Columbia University-Barnard College, Author, Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African-American Women Who Built a Movement

"The school boycott in Chicago in 1963 taught students the value of demanding better conditions and '63 BOYCOTT expands that lesson with a reminder that should resonate with the students of today. The film adds to our appreciation of the Civil Rights Movement, by highlighting an important story that makes clear that the movement for desegregation and equitable education was not limited to the south. It captures a spirit of activism for schooling in Chicago that echoes to this day."
Daniel Kiel, Professor of Law, Associate Director, Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis, Director, The Memphis 13

"Vivid...A quality education is something each generation has had to fight for. Using compelling, fast-paced interviews with community activists, students, and teachers from 1963 and the present, '63 BOYCOTT ties the struggle for quality education as a civil right from the 1960s to now. For community groups working to support their own schools across the country, to student leaders, to teachers in classrooms teaching about the power of local people to impact their own lives, this film makes connections and raises questions that help us fight for the most basic tool every child needs to thrive: a quality education."
Wesley Hogan, Director, Center for Documentary Studies, Research Professor, Franklin Humanities Institute and History, Duke University, Author, On The Freedom Side: How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History

"Highly Recommended...A short and engaging film whose events are as relevant today as in 1963...This film captures the zeitgeist of the participants of the Chicago school boycott and illuminates how such movements can succeed in some ways and remain unfulfilled in others."
Stephanie L. Barrett, University of Rochester, Educational Media Reviews Online

"''63 BOYCOTT is a compelling deep dive into an important chapter of Chicago's troubling history of racial inequality. Sadly, public education today remains an arena in which many of our entrenched policies and practices continue to limit the opportunities of minority youth. This film offers some very powerful insights into both the importance of community organizing and the need to take the long view in the battle against institutional racism."
Julie Biehl, Professor of Law, Director of the Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University


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