• Short Summary

    More than 165,000 students boycotted New York City's public schools Monday (16 March), but the demonstration was far less effective than a similar boycott staged last month.

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    More than 165,000 students boycotted New York City's public schools Monday (16 March), but the demonstration was far less effective than a similar boycott staged last month.

    Some observers said the boycott...a protest against alleged segregation...which failed to gain the support of at least three major civil rights organizations, was a failure.

    The New York City Board of Education said 267,459 students were away from class, but it added that the normal absentee rate is about 100,000 students. Subtraction of the 100,000 normal absentees from the total, showed the demonstration to be less than 50 per cent as effective as last month's, which had the support of all civil rights groups.

    The Board of Education said: "We are encouraged that the boycott method of expressing a point of view is being regarded with markedly diminishing favor."
    The boycott was backed by such Negro leaders as Malcolm X and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. But it was not supported by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League and the Congress of Racial Equality.

    The Board of Education said that no teachers stayed home, in contrast to the situation in the successful February 3, boycott.

    The demonstration came on the heels of a warning by Police Commissioners Michael Murphy that "irresponsible" civil rights leaders would not be allowed to turn New York City into a civil rights "battleground".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA21BEOUGO1YRNZF6LWKKDLRTP4
    Media URN:
    VLVA21BEOUGO1YRNZF6LWKKDLRTP4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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