20,000 Pupils Stay Out of Class; Boston Freedom Schools Overflow |News | The Harvard Crimson
Over 20,000 children — about 22 per cent of Boston’s public school population — skipped classes yesterday in a Freedom Stay Out described by its leaders as a “resounding sucess.” William H. Ohrenberger, superintendent of Boston schools, put the exact absentee figure at 20,571, approximately two and one-half times the usual number. Over 10,000 children flocked to the 34 Freedom Schools set up for the day by civil rights leaders. Several thousand had to be bused to hastily established “overflow schools,” as the 27 original schools were jammed to capacity and spilled over onto the streets.
- The Harvard Crimson, 27 February 1964
The War of 1812: The Movie
Just as well-written as your 8th grade history notes.
In honor of the (over the top) commemoration of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry today in Baltimore. (via the Junto)