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Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report

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


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 de facto segregation in the public schools. The contentious and failed negotiations precipitated a series of nonviolent, direct action demonstrations in Boston, not the least of which was the June 18, 1963 Stay Out for Freedom Day. The Citizens for Human Rights, co-chaired by Rev. James Breeden, St. James Episcopal Church and Noel Day, Director, St. Marks Social Center, called for a Stay Out for Freedom direct action whereby Black junior and senior high school students would attend Freedom Schools rather than the Boston public schools. WGBH interviewed local and national civil rights leaders and Roxbury community residents in anticipation of the Stay Out. In the “Boycott Report,” Thomas Atkins, Executive Secretary of the Boston Branch of the NAACP provides a detailed report on the failed negotiations with the Boston School Committee. Of particular note is his explanation of the NAACP’s 14-Point Proposal presented by NAACP Education Committee, led by Ruth M. Batson, to end de facto segregation in the public schools and the reaction of the Boston School Committee. Also, he explains both the overwhelming support for and the possible legal ramifications of the Stay Out. Comments of solidarity for the Stay Out are provided by Roy Wilkins, the national Executive Secretary of the NAACP; Gordon Carey of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); and Rev. O. Karl Olander, New England Synod President, Lutheran Church in America. This support is juxtaposed with the explanations of opposition to the Stay Out by Roxbury education activists, Gladys Holmes and Rev. Este Clair Kirton. Rev. Breeden and Noel Day provide an overview of the meaning, purpose, and organization of the Stay Out and Freedom schools. In addition, the ‘Boycott Report” includes short interviews with Roxbury junior and high school students regarding their perspective on the upcoming Stay Out for Freedom Day. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.

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Stay Out For Freedom
Boycott Report
Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description




Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


African Americans-Social Justice
Freedom Schools
Race Relations-Northern Discrimination
Politics-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People/Boston School Committee Negotiations
Stay Out for Freedom Day
Roxbury, Massachusetts
African Americans-Human Rights
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
African Americans-Structural Racism
African Americans-Civil Rights
Race Relations-Similarities in discrimination in the North and South
Boston, Massachusetts
Civil Rights Era
African Americans-Educational Opportunities
Politics-1963 Boston School Committee Election
Social Issues
Olander, O. Karl (Interviewee)
Wilkins, Roy (Interviewee)
Breeden, James (Interviewee)
Kirton, Este Clair (Interviewee)
Atkins, Thomas (Interviewee)
Mascott, Ted (Producer)
Carey, Gordon (Interviewee)
Holmes, Gladys (Interviewee)
Connelly, Tom (Reporter)
Holson, Al (Producer)
Day, Noel (Interviewee)
Chicago: “Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report,” 06/17/1963, GBH Archives, accessed December 7, 2021,
MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report.” 06/17/1963. GBH Archives. Web. December 7, 2021. <>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Boycott Report. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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