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The role of youth in civil rights

during the segregation in the United States


Did you know that youth played an instrumental role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s? Youth remain a necessary voice for social change!

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall

The first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South

John Lewis

One of the founding members and a former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

The Little Rock Nine

The nine African-American students involved in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.

Claudette Colvin

The first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama


The Children’s Crusade of 1963

On May 2, 1963, thousands of African American students skipped school.

They then marched toward downtown on a mission to talk with Birmingham’s Mayor Albert Boutwell about segregation.

crowds and leaks from some people

arrest of participants in the march


jets of water on participants



Here are some striking photos of this event, the police violence that is suffered


before and now

"-To end racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans

-To secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights enumerated in the Constitution and federal law."

-We have made an amount of progress but we still have a long way to go

- People continue to die because of their skin color

01 BBC

02 Library of congress

03 biography

04 Notional museum of affrican american history and culture

05 Black Past