Below is a compilation of articles from The Chicago Defender, the city’s great African American newspaper, which featured extensive coverage of the swiftly approaching Boycott.
Segregationist School Superintendent Benjamin C. Willis really knew how to accessorize. In addition to the “Willis Wagons,” trailers placed on playgrounds and parking lots of African American schools which he touted as a solution to overcrowding, he also had a masonry wall built outside of his offices to prevent sit-ins:
Finally, the Defender posted the locations of the Freedom Schools, where parents participating in the Boycott could take their children for a day of educational-themed programming. Most of these schools were in religious centers, such as churches or synagogues. Our film contains footage of a Freedom School that we believe was shot in the K.A.M. Temple, now the headquarters of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. You can see stills from that footage in our South Side gallery.
If you worked at one of these centers or attended a Freedom School as a student, contact our project – we would love to hear your story.