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Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [4 of 4]

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


Afternoon session. Portions of these recordings of the morning and afternoon sessions of Stay Out For Freedom were removed by LED and used in the following programs: Freedom Stay-Out: What Happened This Morning Freedom Stay-Out: What Happened This Afternoon Freedom Stay-Out: What Happens Next? In 1964, despite a year of sustained efforts by the NAACP, parents, and other civil rights activists, the Boston Public Schools remained racially segregated. Citizens for Human Rights (CHR), the group that organized the Boston’s successful 1963 Stay Out for Freedom, led by Reverend James Breeden and Noel Day, evolved into the Massachusetts Freedom Movement (MFM). MFM organized another Stay Out campaign for February 26, 1964; over 10,000 children attended the MFM Freedom Schools in 35 locations throughout Boston. The 1964 Stay Out, however, was also part of an emerging a national school boycott movement against segregated schools in the North that included similar demonstrations in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee. The WGBH-FM program, 1964 Stay Out for Freedom- Live Broadcast is a recording of the afternoon activities at the Freedom School located at the St. Mark’s Social Center, directed by Principal, Betty Richardson. Live Broadcast begins with the presentations by the student recorders of the Student Discussion Groups. These reports offered WGBH-FM listeners an opportunity to hear the students, both Black and White, discuss their ideas regarding de facto segregation, discrimination in housing, the lack of employment and higher education opportunities; and methods of social change, from their own perspective. It also includes Rev. James Bevel of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) leading the children in the Freedom Song “Which Side Are You On,” who also explains how the lyrics were revised by young civil rights workers jailed in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Adelaide Hill provides a brief overview of Boston-based Black protest leaders, including Lewis Hayden, William Nell, William Monroe Trotter and Malcolm X. WGBH Producer, Ted Mascott interviews Canon James Breeden, Rev. James Bevel, Alan Gartner, Director Boston CORE and Pam Blake, Radcliffe College Freedom School volunteer. The Live Broadcast ends with reports by the Stay Out organizers regarding the number of children attending Freedom Schools and by the Boston School Committee on the number of children absent from school. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.

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Stay Out For Freedom
Live Broadcast

Live Broadcast [4 of 4]

Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Freedom Schools
Stay Out for Freedom Day
Politics-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/Boston School Committee Negotiations
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
Politics-Law Enforcement by State Attorney General
Boston, Massachusetts
Civil Rights Era
Race Relations-Civil Disobedience
Social Issues
Bevel, James (Speaker)
Hill, Adelaide (Speaker)
Gartner, Alan (Speaker)
Breeden, James (Speaker)
Mascott, Ted (Producer)
Blake, Pam (Speaker)
Chicago: “Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [4 of 4],” 02/26/1964, GBH Archives, accessed December 7, 2021,
MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [4 of 4].” 02/26/1964. GBH Archives. Web. December 7, 2021. <>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [4 of 4]. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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