50 years ago today, on May 2, 1963, more than a thousand children in Birmingham, Alabama left their classroom and hit the streets of Downtown Birmingham heading toward City Hall. They had a purpose in their heart, spirits in their voices and mission on their minds. The students attempted to march to City Hall in downtown Birmingham to talk to the then Mayor about their opposition to racial segregation. However the students were attacked by police dogs and faces the power of water from fire houses, many were jailed after their protests. The visual event is noted now in history as the "Children's March" of 1963.
Today, more than a thousand students from across the Birmingham area will march again, but this as a reenactment and honoring the children who march 50 years ago.
Below is a City Of Birmingham media release briefly describing Thursday's reenactment march.
For more information about the 50 Years Forward Commemoration, visit www.50yearsforward.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- An estimated 1,400 students from across the Birmingham metro area are scheduled to participate in the 1963 Children's Reenactment March Thursday at noon. The march will begin at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, loop through Regions Field, and end at Railroad Park.
To commemorate the march students from schools across Birmingham and Jefferson County are scheduled to participate. Confirmed schools are: Wenonah, Jackson Olin, Parker, Woodlawn, Huffman, Ramsay, Homewood and Mountain Brook High Schools, Miles College, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University. Prior to the march, students watch a documentary that chronicles the children's march. The students will also attend a program at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
Birmingham Councilman Jay Roberson is the sponsor of the march.
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