Robert Felton interviews ’63 Boycott director Gordon Quinn for Austin Weekly News:
“One of the backbones of a community is the school,” Quinn said. “Unfortunately, many of the students who will be affected by these school closings are in largely African-American and underserved communities.
“In a lot of ways, when you look at where we were in 1963, you can clearly see the amount of progress we have made in the 50 years since,” Quinn added. “At that time, Jim Crow was still the law of the land and segregation was still preventing many African-Americans from attending equal schools. However, while things are clearly better, some of the systemic problems in the community are still there — the lack of access to employment opportunities in black communities as one example.”