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This Month in Civil Rights
The Freedom Day Boycott occurred on On October 22, 1963. Planned by the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO), an umbrella organization of 17 civil rights organizations in Chicago, this event resulted in 250,000 school children boycotting Chicago’s schools for one day, because of defacto segregation, overcrowding, and inadequate education. Freedom Schools were held for elementary students, while older students and adults participated in demonstrations at City Hall and at the Board of Education, bringing downtown traffic to a stand-still.