'63 Boycott

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February 26, 2019
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In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. '63 Boycott connects the forgotten story of one of the largest Northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism.

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'63 Boycott

On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation, calling for the resignation of the superintendent. Combining archival footage with 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.

60 minutes minutes



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    Gordon Quinn


    Gordon is the Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, a 53-year-old media organization, and the 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions. His documentaries include Home for Life, Golub, Hoop Dreams, The New Americans, Five Girls, In the Family, Typeface, Milking the Rhino, At the Death House Door, and The Interrupters. Recently he directed Prisoner of Her Past and A Good Man, a film about Bill T. Jones for American Masters. He has been producing documentaries and mentoring filmmakers for five decades. A passionate advocate for independent media makers, he is a noted expert on issues of fair use, ethics and storytelling in documentary. He was 21 years old when he filmed the 16mm footage upon which ’63 Boycott is based.

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    Tracye Matthews


    Tracye A. Matthews is a historian, curator, and filmmaker working within and between the realms of academia, public history, museums and documentary film. Most recently, she produced the Academy Award shortlisted documentary short, '63 Boycott, with Kartemquin Films. She is currently Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, where she was a past Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. Previously, Dr. Matthews served as a public historian at the Chicago History Museum and an assistant professor in Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is a co-founder of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, an online platform and public programming collective; and an advisory board member of Sisters in Cinema Media Arts Center.

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