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90% Boycott Hits Problem School
Caption: The New York Times reported on the start of a school boycott led by Reverend Milton Galamison that began on January 19, 1965. Galamison was boycotting the continued segregation of New York City’s junior high schools, including those designated as “600” schools.Read plain text of document
In the fall of 1964, months after the massive February 1964 boycott, Reverend Milton Galamison and the Citywide Committee on Integration launched another boycott. Galamison and the Citywide Committee - which included — CORE (Congress On Racial Equality), Parents Workshop on Equality in NY Schools, Harlem Parents Committee, EQUAL, and the Negro Teachers Association) focused on the city’s junior high schools and the “600” schools, which had inadequate facilities, no curriculum, untrained teachers, and improperly screened students. The groups’ demands included promoting many more Black and Puerto Rican teachers to leadership positions like school principal, desegregating junior high schools, and improving the “600” schools. Reverend Galamison was arrested for violating state education laws by “encouraging truancy” when young people stayed out of school to boycott.
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Date: Jan 20, 1965
Creator: New York Times Archives"
Source: New York Times Archives"
Copyright: New York Times
How to cite: “90% Boycott Hits Problem School,” in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/topics/boycotting-ny-schools/1965-boycott/boycott-hits-problem-school.
- How are the “600” school students described in the text? How does that description compare to what you see in the photograph?
- How does this article’s description of the students at the “600” schools compare to other sources in this document set? How does it compare to press coverage of the February 1964 boycott?
- How do you think students at the “600” school might have described themselves and why they attended this school?