Friday, May 03, 2013

Children March into Civil Rights History

The children who marched into civil rights history
May 2, 2013 - Fifty years ago Birmingham, Alabama, was the front line in the fight for civil rights and it wasn't going well.

But then children joined the battle and everything changed.

James Stewart and Arnetta Streeter-Gary were among those who marched for civil rights in Birmingham in 1963.

Stewart was just 15 years old and one of a thousand children who were determined to protest the city's segregation laws - a social code Birmingham would not give up easily.

"We said enough is enough is enough. We're not living with this," said Stewart. "And when they brought the dogs and the water hoses out, that was a greater weapon that they were deploying. So for me, it was war time." read more>>>

A turning point in the civil rights movement
America is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Birmingham children's march, a pivotal moment that helped revitalize the civil rights movement in the U.S. Michelle Miller reports.

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