About the Film:
This is a FREE event. There are no tickets; seats are available on a first come, first seated basis.
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.
The Black Cinema Series is a partnership between the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) and The Little. The series celebrates both documentary and narrative expressions in black cinema with a curated film choice every month.
Dr. Susan Goodwin, Director of The Rochester Teacher’s Center
Dr. Gaya Shakes, retired secondary English teacher and lead teacher mentor in the Rochester City School District
Dr. Jason B. Willis, Director of Afro-African American Studies at RCSD and representative on the local and National Advisory Board for Teen Empowerment
Travis Rutley & Amarah Anderson, Youth Organizers at Teen Empowerment
Moderator: Renée Frazier, MBA, Owner - A La Renée, Inc.