History of Chicago Series: The 1963 and 1964 CPS School Boycotts

Join Dr. Chris Stacey for a discussion of the boycott movement against the Chicago Public schools in the early 1960s. On October 22, 1963, at least 224,770 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools and 10,000 people marched on City Hall. The movement sustained itself into 1964 when 175,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools and 4,000 people marched on City Hall. In this presentation we will examine the factors contributing to the school boycott movement, what happened on the days of the boycott, the response from Mayor Richard J. Daley, and social and political outcomes. To conclude, we will discuss the boycott’s historical legacy. Was it “a pivotal moment in the movement for racial and social justice in this country” as community organizer Jay Travis claimed or was it “useless and ineffective in forcing change” as Chicago historians Anderson and Pickering concluded?

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time

Cost: Free

History of Chicago Series: Remaining Proposed Dates and Topics for 2022

Mar 30: Puerto Rican Immigration and the Division Street Riots, 1946-1966

April 27: The Rise of Chicago Blues and R & B: Vee-Jay, Chess Records, and the City’s Musical Pioneers, 1947-1960

May 25: Chicago Shapes the American Diet, Part 2: Sugar

June 29: Korean Immigration: Struggles and Social Influences, 1948-1992

July 27: Urban Renewal and the Battle Over the UIC Campus, 1946-1965

Aug 31: Chicago Gospel Music, Part 3: Rise to World Prominence, 1950s-1960s

Sept 28: Chicago Transportation, Part 2: Cable Car City and Elevated Trains, 1882-1924

Nov 30: Chicago Shapes the American Diet, Part 3: Meat

Dec 28: Religion in Chicago, Part 1: World's Parliament of Religions of 1893

If you have a Chicago historical topic you’d like to hear about please write Dr. Chris Stacey at [email protected]

February 23, 2022 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Zoom Video Conference

Chicago, IL
United States

Dr. Chris Stacey

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