Past Event

Lessons from the 1963 Boycott: The Struggle for Quality Education in Chicago Then and Now

Join us on October 22nd, the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Boycott of Chicago Public Schools, when an estimated 250,000 Chicagoans – mostly CPS students – protested segregation and inequality.

The evening features a debut screening of in-progress documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films (The Interrupters), a panel discussion with education activists from then and now, and a spoken word performance by Malcolm London of Young Chicago Authors.

The panel includes:

  • 63 Boycott leader Rosie Simpson;
  • Fannie Rushing, one of the young organizers of the 1963 Boycott;
  • Elizabeth Todd-Breland, a historian at University of Illinois in Chicago;
  • Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis; and
  • Jasson Perez of Black Youth Project.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required and can be made online.

This event is made possible in part by a community grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.
Other sponsors include: Kartemquin Films, Chicago Teachers Union, Education for Liberation Network, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago, Crossroads Fund, Grassroots Collaborative, Black Youth Project, Young Chicago Authors, Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce, Human Rights Program at University of Chicago, Chicago Freedom School, Chicago Area Women’s History Council, Teachers for Social Justice, and Save Our Schools.

For more information, please visit     Find more about the film, The Interrupters.