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Milton Galamison letter to parent New York City school children

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Milton Galamison letter to parent New York City school children

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This letter calls on parents of New York City school children to support a day-long boycott of the public schools on March 16, 1964. It followed on the heels of a massive boycott on Feb 3, 1964, when more than 450,000 students refused to attend school. The school board had refused to make reforms, thus leading to the call for the second boycott on March 16th.

Subject

Boycotts - New York (City)
Segregation in education

Creator

Linzer, Elliot

Source

ElliotLinzerCollection.Box1.Folder6

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1964-03-16

Date Created

2010-04-12

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Language

English

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Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
40.68335, -73.947169

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CITY-WIDE COMMITTEE FOR INTEGRATED SCHOOLS
260 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Dear Friend,
Despite the l954 Supreme Court decision, there are more segregated schools in New York City today than there were ten years ago. Segregated schools are inferior schools - North or South. Classes are overcrowded, the curriculum is below standard, and these schools are generally behind city norms. This means the children are not being properly prepared for tomorrow's jobs.
Despite a successful boycott of the public schools on February 3rd, the
Board of Education has not moved to meet the demands of civil rights groups.
We must have pictures of people of color in readers, the Negro 's contribution
to history properly presented in textbooks, Negro principals, and a representative number of Negro teachers. As Jimmy Hicks said in the February
27th edition of the Amsterdam News: "WHAT, THEN, IS THERE LEFT FOR
THE NEGRO AND PUERTO RICAN PARENTS EXCEPT TO TAKE TO THE STREETS AGAIN IN ANOTHER BOYCOTT?" The Board will never act unless we act.
Monday, March l6th, we will have a chance to help our children by joining the second city-wide boycott of the public schools. Thousands of
parents will keep their children out of school to serve notice on the city
and the state that we will no longer tolerate second-class education.
Throughout the city children will be cared for in our own freedom schools
where parents and teachers will instruct the children in freedom and dignity, not in "Jim Crow." For the name of the freedom school nearest you, call one of the numbers listed below.
ON MARCH 16th, JOIN THE SECOND GIGANTIC SCHOOL BOYCOTTI
Teach the children to fight for their own freedom. Their future depends on what we do NOW.
Sincerely,

Rev. Milton A. Galamison
MANHATTAN: Harlem Parents Committee AU 1-6333
AU 1-7778
BRONX: Congress of Racial Equality LU 9-8409
BROOKLYN: Parents' Workshop for Equality ST 9-8861
ST 9-7050
Congress of Racial Equality UL 7-9200

Original Format

Correspondence
Paper
8.5 x 11 inches (215.9 x 279.4 mm)

Citation

Linzer, Elliot, “Milton Galamison letter to parent New York City school children,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed October 23, 2014, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/2.

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