Caption: A flier spreading the word about the February 3, 1964 “Freedom Day” school boycott.
The City Wide Committee for Integrated Schools included several New York City civil rights organizations. They produced this flier to recruit participants for the February 3, 1964 boycott. They used different kinds of text and a photograph to make their argument that a boycott was important and necessary.
Creator: City-Wide Committee for Integrated Schools
Copyright: Public domain. Courtesy of Queens College Special Collections and Archive.
How to cite: “School Boycott!,” City-Wide Committee for Integrated Schools, in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/gallery/school-boycott.
Questions to Consider
- What do you notice about the poster? What do you wonder?
- Who is the audience for this poster? What strategies does the poster employ to enlist that audience into the demonstration?
- What connections do you see between the poster and the present day?
- Notice the sign that read “Jim Crow can’t teach democracy.” What was going on in the 1950s that made US citizens more likely to link their civil rights struggles to the idea of democracy?
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