Tony Burroughs: “If it weren’t for Burnside, there wouldn’t have been a boycott in ’63. With this wall, the mothers will be able to get the respect and recognition that they deserve. I wouldn’t be here today it wasn’t for my mother having me involved in this sit-in.” - Tony Burroughs (pictured)
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In recognition of 17 mothers and 27 students that staged a sit-in at Burnside Scholastic Academy (BSA), 650 E. 91st Pl., on January 2, 1962, a 300 sq. ft. tile mural was unveiled at the school last week. The Burnside sit-in was one of the first acts that led to end segregation within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system and helped ignite Chicago's Civil Rights movement.