Fifty years ago, in 1963, more than 200,000 students stayed out of school in Chicago to protest segregation and inequality.
That was nearly half of all students in the Chicago school district, and the event became the largest civil rights protest in the city’s history. Segregation was at the heart of the 1963 protests and marches, but what’s happening in Chicago’s public education system today is eerily reminiscent of the past.
Then: Black neighborhood schools were outdated and overcrowded. Some students, because of the overcrowding, attended less than a full day of school so that other students could attend in shifts. Many students attended class in hot, small mobile units.
Now: According to The New York Times, Chicago was still the most segregated school district in the country as of 2012. In fact, the district has many schools that remain unintegrated. (Take Part)