Civil rights groups protest the rehiring of Chicago school superintendent Benjamin C. Willis, whom Blacks viewed as a segregationist.
1965 (Jun 9 - 15)
A united front of civil rights groups dissatisfied with the slow pace of school desegregation announced that a public school boycott would be held to protest the rehiring of Chicago school superintendent Benjamin C. Willis, whom Blacks viewed as a segregationist. Willis had been given a new one-year contract on May 27. A federally issued injunction against the boycott was ignored, and Blacks in Chicago staged a round of demonstrations on June 10. The arrests began the next day, with entertainer Dick Gregory, nine clergymen, and James Farmer, the director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), among the 225 who were arrested. Protests continued through June 15, when Mayor Richard Daley sanctioned a downtown march and agreed to negotiate with civil rights leaders.