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Stay Out For Freedom; Press Conference; Press Conference [1 of 2]

Part of From the Vault. Part of Boston’s 1960s Civil Rights Movement: A Look Back.


In 1964, despite a year of sustained efforts by the NAACP, parents, and other civil rights activists, the Boston Public Schools remained racially segregated and negotiations with the Boston School Committee continued to be futile. The Citizens for Human Rights (CHR), the group that organized the Boston’s successful 1963 Stay Out for Freedom, evolved into the Massachusetts Freedom Movement (MFM) and again led by Reverend James Breeden and Noel Day, organized another Stay Out campaign for February 26, 1964. The 1964 Stay Out, however, was also part of an emerging a national school boycott movement against segregated schools in the North, including similar demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. WGBH-FM covered the Massachusetts Freedom Movement’s February 12, 1964 press conference in which they responded to a legal opinion by Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke that ruled the Stay Out “unlawful.” While the MFM leaders acknowledged the authority of the Attorney General’s office, they vehemently argued that the forthcoming action of the parents, children and leadership against a system of segregation was a matter of moral conscience that superseded any legal ramifications. Reverend James Breeden, Noel Day and Reverend Vernon Carter also responded to reporters’ questions regarding the Freedom Schools, possibilities of arrests and NAACP negotiations with the Boston School Committee. They also announced that the February 25, 1964 Freedom Rally would be led by civil rights activist Dick Gregory and that both Mr. Gregory and author Louis Lomax would join the faculty of the Freedom Schools. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham. Reaction to Brooke Ruling, Rally with Dick Gregory/Rev. Carter

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Stay Out For Freedom
Press Conference

Press Conference [1 of 2]

Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description




Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Stay Out for Freedom Day
Race Relations-Northern Discrimination
Politics-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/Boston School Committee Negotiations
Politics-Law Enforcement by State Attorney General
Educational Issues-Legality of School Boycott
Freedom Schools
Civil Rights Era
Boston, Massachusetts
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
Educational Issues-Civil Disobedience
Social Issues
Carter, Vernon (Speaker)
Day, Noel (Speaker)
Breeden, James (Speaker)
Chicago: “Stay Out For Freedom; Press Conference; Press Conference [1 of 2],” 02/12/1964, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9A27EBFE83124797A01583E82C17887E.
MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Press Conference; Press Conference [1 of 2].” 02/12/1964. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9A27EBFE83124797A01583E82C17887E>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Press Conference; Press Conference [1 of 2]. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9A27EBFE83124797A01583E82C17887E
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