Some boy scouts from across Alabama were taken back in time today to learn about the Civil Rights Movement.
The Boy Scouts '63 Experience was conducted by the Boy Scouts and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The boy scouts got to listen to various speakers talk about the history of the Civil Rights movement. Then, they took tours around the city and at the BCRI to learn more about Birmingham's pivotal role in the movement.
The boy scouts says the experience opened their eyes.
"At parts it was scary and other parts it was kinda cool, seeing how they lived. It was still kinda sad though because their house wasn't as big as the houses today and they had to fit eight people in one tiny house," boy scout Daniel Massie said.
"It was a bit scary when I saw the movie there, and when I saw the KKK – Ku Klux Klan in the video in their clothes," boy scout Logan Watts said.
"What I'm hoping for the boys is that they see the Civil Rights Movement was horrible. It was a horrible time in our history, and I'm hoping they see we need to treat everybody with respect, cub master Kristin Massie said.
The event lasted from 8 A.M. this morning until 5 P.M. tonight. The scouts say they appreciated their time at the BCRI and learned a lot.
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