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'63 Boycott

2016, Gordon Quinn, USA, 30 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 25th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jan 26th 5:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 2nd 12:00pm

This then-and-now look at the historic 1963 boycott against the Chicago Public Schools focuses on a massive protest that brought 200,000 students to the streets and ultimately brought down schools superintendent Benjamin Willis for promoting discriminatory practices and de facto segregation in South Side schools.  Director Quinn updates the fight for equality in the schools to the present day, with a contrasting look at the same issues in new guises under the administration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. DCP digital.  (BS)

Screens with F*** YOUR HAIR

Friday, 1/25 at 8:15 PM: F*** YOUR HAIR Director Jason Polevoi and '63 BOYCOTT director Gordon Quinn are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, along with F*** YOUR HAIR main subject Mila Ramirez and '63 BOYCOTT subject Jill Willis. The discussion will be moderated by Marilyn Katz, founder and president of MK Communications. All ticket-holders are invited to a pre-screening reception in our Gallery/Cafe featuring delicious and unique beers provided courtesy of 5 Rabbit Cervecería of Bedford Park, IL. For more information on 5 Rabbit, please visit www.5rabbitbrewery.com.

Saturday, 1/26 at 5:00 PM: F*** YOUR HAIR Director/Producer Jason Polevoi and Producer Nick Jenkins, '63 BOYCOTT Producers Tracye Matthews and Rachel Dickson, and UIC Assistant Professor of History at UIC Elizabeth Todd-Breland, are scheduled to be present for an audience discussion moderated by WBEZ reporter Monica Eng.

Wednesday, 1/30 at 6:00 PM:* DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER THIS SCREENING IS NOW RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, 2/2 @ 12pm - Those who have purchased tickets for Wednesday's Show will be honored* Director Gordon Quinn ('63 BOYCOTT) and Jason Polevoi (F*** YOUR HAIR) are scheduled to be present for Q&A moderated by Jean de St. Aubin.

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