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Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [1 of 4]

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


Morning 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 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. The WGBH-FM program, 1964 Stay Out for Freedom- Live Broadcast, is a recording of the morning activities at the Freedom School located at the St. Mark’s Social Center, directed by Principal, Betty Richardson. This segment of the program includes two Freedom School students reciting Langston Hughes’s poem “Freedom’s Plow,” (this has been removed from recording due to rights restrictions) followed by the singing of Freedom Songs made popular in the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Paul Parks, Chairman of the Education Committee of the Boston NAACP gives the keynote address to the assembly of students in which he focuses on the right of Blacks to demand, fight for and accept nothing less than, first class citizenship in the United States of America. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Audrea Dunham.

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Stay Out For Freedom
Live Broadcast

Live Broadcast [1 of 4]

Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1963

Program Description




Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Roxbury, Massachusetts
Race Relations-Civil Disobedience
African Americans-Freedom Songs
African Americans-Civil Rights
Educational Issues-Civil Disobedience
Boston, Massachusetts
African Americans-Human Rights
Civil Rights Era
Race Relations-Racial Imbalance
Race Relations-De facto Segregation
African Americans-Educational Opportunities
Freedom Schools
Stay Out for Freedom Day
Social Issues
Mascott, Ted (Reporter)
Parks, Paul (Speaker)
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MLA: “Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [1 of 4].” 02/26/1964. GBH Archives. Web. May 24, 2024. <>.
APA: Stay Out For Freedom; Live Broadcast; Live Broadcast [1 of 4]. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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