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In New Film On 1963 School Boycott, Filmmakers Need Help ID'ing People

By Sam Cholke | October 19, 2017 5:45am | Updated on October 20, 2017 11:50am
"'63 Boycott," a new film about the 1963 Chicago school boycotts, will premiere on Saturday and filmmakers are asking for help identifying people in historical footage.
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KENWOOD — Kartemquin Films will debut its newest documentary about the Chicago School boycott of 1963 on Saturday at RainbowPUSH.

The new 30-minute short brings together never-before-seen 16mm film footage of the boycotts that shut down Chicago’s schools when 224,700 students stayed home to protest the segregation and discrimination in the school system.

Filmmakers Rachel Dickson, Tracye Matthews and Gordon Quinn will show the film for free at 1 p.m. Saturday RainbowPUSH, 930 E. 50th St.

The filmmakers are asking people who come to see the film to help them pick out the people in some of the photos and clips used in the film. They are also still looking for people who participated in the protests that can help tell the story.

For more information, visit the film’s website.