This film documents one of the most important struggles for education in the sixties. In 1968, under intensive community pressure from Black and Latino communities, the State of New York chose three New York City school districts to become part of an experiment in community-run education. In Ocean Hill-Brownsville, the community board requested the reassignment of several teachers perceived as racists. The request brought the wrath of the United Federation of Teachers, city and state bureaucracies, and ultimately a citywide teacher's strike.
Third World Newsreel’s historical Newsreel collection provides contemporary audiences with a vast archive of political documentary films chronicling the social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"It makes its point, it says its truth, and it doesn’t beat around the bush; that is, it doesn’t get involved in unnecessary details of individual cases. Instead, it presents a clear point of view; communities must be run by the communities themselves."
- Jonas Mekas, Village Voice