The 1963 boycott of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) wasn’t just about achieving the rights for black children to sit next to white children in classrooms.
The fight against educational segregation was also about gaining equal
access to resources so that every student was given the same opportunity to
learn. A group of panelists who analyzed the parallels
between educational access in 1963 and the present day on the 50th anniversary of the boycott say the fight for equality still rages on.
In Chicago, many African American students still attend “separate but unequal” schools, according to members of the Tuesday night panel.
we’re still fighting for educational equity, albeit in a different
political climate,” said Elizabeth Todd-Breland, a professor of history
at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Our children today still do
not have equal access to state resources and this is not primarily a
question of diversity, but a problem of economic and racial justice.”