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March on Roxbury; March on Roxbury

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Radio. Civil Rights march held one week after the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Speakers discuss Boston School Committee representation and voting issues. 1963. 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 defacto segregation in the public schools. The contentious and failed negotiations precipitated a series of nonviolent, direct action demonstrations in Boston that also drew comparisons with the civil rights struggles, particularly in Birmingham, Alabama. “The March on Roxbury” following the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the subsequent bombing of the Sixteen Street Baptist Church in which four young Black girls were killed. Organized by Boston civil rights leaders, the March featured speeches by Archie Epps, Harvard University; Kenneth Guscott, President of the Boston NAACP; Rev. Richard Owens, People’s Baptist Church and Rev. Vernon Carter, All Saints Lutheran Church. At the site of the dilapidated Sherwin School, built in 1870, a reported 6,000 to 15,000 Roxbury residents and their suburban supporters listened to the speakers who highlighted the local struggle for quality education and the show of solidarity with Black people in Birmingham. Birmingham civil rights Attorney Orzell Billingsley, Jr. provided a report on the civil rights struggle in Birmingham, drawing comparisons with the struggle in Boston. He, along with Thomas Atkins, Executive Secretary of the Boston NAACP and Birmingham Civil Rights Attorney Orzell Billingsley, Jr. focused particular attention on need for greater voter registration for and participation in the upcoming Boston School Committee election to replace four of the five members of the Boston School Committee with a progressive slate of candidates, including local activist Mel King. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.

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March on Roxbury

March on Roxbury

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Radio. Civil Rights march held one week after the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Speakers discuss Boston School Committee representation and voting issues. Series release date: 1963



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African Americans-Civil Rights
March on Roxbury
Roxbury, Massachusetts
African Americans-Educational Opportunities
Race Relations-Similarities in discrimination in the North and South
Politics-1963 Boston School Committee Election
African Americans-Structural Racism
African Americans-Human Rights
Politics-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/Boston School Committee Negotiations
Birmingham, Alabama
Boston, Massachusetts
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
African Americans-Social Justice
Civil Rights Era
Race Relations-Northern Discrimination
Event Coverage
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Billingsley, Orzell (Speaker)
Atkins, Thomas (Speaker)
Epps, Archie (Speaker)
Carter, Vernon (Speaker)
Owens, Richard (Speaker)
Guscott, Kenneth (Speaker)
Chicago: “March on Roxbury; March on Roxbury,” 09/22/1963, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 25, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_47A310B09A5841189161E4B8389B4072.
MLA: “March on Roxbury; March on Roxbury.” 09/22/1963. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 25, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_47A310B09A5841189161E4B8389B4072>.
APA: March on Roxbury; March on Roxbury. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_47A310B09A5841189161E4B8389B4072
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