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Series
Stay Out For Freedom
Program
Boycott Report
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-9v698c0j
UOI_ID
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IMPORT_ID
163477.0
Description
In June 1963, the Education Committee of the Boston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented the Boston School Committee with a 14-Point Proposal to end de facto segregation in the public schools. The contentious and failed negotiations precipitated a series of nonviolent, direct action demonstrations in Boston, not the least of which was the June 18, 1963 Stay Out for Freedom Day. The Citizens for Human Rights, co-chaired by Rev. James Breeden, St. James Episcopal Church and Noel Day, Director, St. Marks Social Center, called for a Stay Out for Freedom direct action whereby Black junior and senior high school students would attend Freedom Schools rather than the Boston public schools. WGBH interviewed local and national civil rights leaders and Roxbury community residents in anticipation of the Stay Out. In the Boycott Report, Thomas Atkins, Executive Secretary of the Boston Branch of the NAACP provides a detailed report on the failed negotiations with the Boston School Committee. Of particular note is his explanation of the NAACPs 14-Point Proposal presented by NAACP Education Committee, led by Ruth M. Batson, to end de facto segregation in the public schools and the reaction of the Boston School Committee. He also explains both the overwhelming support for and the possible legal ramifications of the Stay Out. Comments of solidarity for the Stay Out are provided by Roy Wilkins, the national Executive Secretary of the NAACP; Gordon Carey of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); and Rev. O. Karl Olander, New England Synod President, Lutheran Church in America. This support is juxtaposed with the explanations of opposition to the Stay Out by Roxbury education activists, Gladys Holmes and Rev. Este Clair Kirton. Rev. Breeden and Noel Day provide an overview of the meaning, purpose, and organization of the Stay Out and Freedom schools. In addition, the Boycott Report includes short interviews with Roxbury junior and high school students regarding their perspective on the upcoming Stay Out for Freedom Day. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.
Date
1963-06-17
Genres
News
Topics
News
Subjects
Segregation; African Americans Massachusetts; School integration; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; School management and organization; Boycotts; African Americans Legal status, laws, etc.
Publisher
WGBH Educational Foundation, Publisher
Media type
Sound
Duration
01:00:48
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Citation
Chicago: “Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report,” 1963-06-17, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 20, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-9v698c0j.
MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report.” 1963-06-17. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 20, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-9v698c0j>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-9v698c0j