Free Documentary Film Screening and Producer Q&A: ’63 Boycott
Thursday, January 10, 2019
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
UC Berkeley Labor Center
2521 Channing Way
Join us at the Labor Center for a free screening of the Oscar shortlisted film ’63 Boycott followed by a Q&A session with film producer Rachel Dickson and moderated by Labor Center associate chair Steven Pitts.
ABOUT THE FILM
On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. Many marched through the city calling for the resignation of School Superintendent Benjamin Willis, who placed trailers, dubbed ‘Willis Wagons,’ on playgrounds and parking lots of overcrowded black schools rather than let them enroll in nearby white schools. Blending unseen 16mm footage of the march shot by Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn with the participants’ reflections today,’63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism.