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Stay Out For Freedom; Pre-Boycott Report

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Report on School Committee Meeting of June 14, 1963 on boycott to be held on Friday. In early June 1963, the Education Committee of the N.A.A.C.P. Boston Branch, led by Ruth Batson, unsuccessfully attempted to persuade the Boston School Committee to acknowledge de facto segregation in the Boston Public Schools. Concurrently, community organizations scheduled a boycott of the public schools to dramatize the inequalities of predominantly Negro schools. The “Pre-Boycott Report” radio segment, reports on the Boston School Committee June 14th meeting with the principals of the Boston Schools to discuss the criticisms of the N.A.A.C.P. In this segment, reporters also question members of the Boston School Committee about the meeting and the forthcoming boycott. School Committee member Louise Day Hicks and others provide their perspectives on the problems and solutions regarding predominantly Negro schools and the inappropriateness of the boycott. It also includes a brief statement by Ruth Batson regarding residential segregation. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.

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Stay Out For Freedom
Pre-Boycott Report
Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description




Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


African Americans-Southern Migration to the North
Educational Issues-Education of Southern Migrants
Stay Out for Freedom Day
Educational Issues-Legality of School Boycott
Race Relations-Housing Discrimination
Freedom Schools
Boston, Massachusetts
Educational Issues-Disciplinary Problems
Politics-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/Boston School Committee Negotiations
Politics-Law Enforcement by State Attorney General
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
Civil Rights Era
Educational Issues-Social Services
Social Issues
Mascott, Ted (Producer)
Hicks, Louise Day (Speaker)
Batson, Ruth (Speaker)
Chicago: “Stay Out For Freedom; Pre-Boycott Report,” 06/14/1963, GBH Archives, accessed December 7, 2021,
MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Pre-Boycott Report.” 06/14/1963. GBH Archives. Web. December 7, 2021. <>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Pre-Boycott Report. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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