The Children’s March

the children's marchWin­ner of the 2005 Acad­emy Award for best doc­u­men­tary short. 

Get tick­ets to the July 21 screening.

In the spring of 1963, civil rights pro­test­ers in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, were wor­ried that their move­ment was los­ing momen­tum. The num­ber of activists will­ing to go to jail was dimin­ish­ing. But on May 2, the black chil­dren in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, reshaped the civil rights move­ment. Brav­ing fire hoses, police dogs and jail time, thou­sands of chil­dren took to the streets to march for their rights. They brought seg­re­ga­tion to its knees. “That was really the tip­ping point in a tip­ping year,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tay­lor Branch, told PBS.

The Children’s March tells their story.

 

 


Directed by Robert Hous­ton
2004, 40 min­utes
Read Char­lane Hunter-Gault’s essay in the New Yorker on the 50th Anniver­sary of the Children’s Crusade.


Excerpt