As a response, in 1964, a school board meeting was planned. A year before his death, human rights activist Malcolm X attended the meeting.
After his participation in the school board meeting, his presence did little to ease tension in the community. The protests became more aggressive, leading to the arrest of over 100 people. The increased racial tension led then Governor Bill Scranton to visit the area himself.
The protests have been said to be a direct cause in the desegregation of Chester schools.