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May 02 2022 - 12:30 PM
Today In History: The Children's Crusade Against Segregation


On May 2, 1963 over 1,000 African American schoolchildren skipped class to march through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama in support of desegregation, inspired and guided by the leadership of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight for civil rights. The "Children's March" or "Children's Crusade" led to the arrest of nearly 800 demonstrators, as teachers and students sang hymns in peace. The following day, peaceful demonstrations continued, while high pressure water hoses, snarling dogs, and wooden clubs were deployed as a means to control the movement -- sparking outrage across the nation and throughout the world. With intervention by the United States Department of Justice, the crusade ended and the Civil Rights Act would become legislation the next year; passed on July 2, 1964, this legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.




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