Sunday evening, over one thousand children and adults gathered to march from Innovation Depot in Birmingham, to Railroad Park. The march was an effort of the Birmingham City School System to reenact the Children's March of 1963.
For many children marching, their interested started in the classroom. Fourth Grade students throughout the Birmingham City School System have been reading "The Watsons go to Birmingham." At the beginning of the school year, McDonald's provided the book for students throughout the district.
Birmingham City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Craig Witherspoon, said the book has been a great learning tool for students.
"The back drop was certainly what happened in 1963. So, it had a place where the students could latch on to and understand, but also be exposed to the history and things that happened."
Dr. Witherspoon said Sunday's march was a great way for students and their families to bring history to life.
"This adds to the opportunities that we have to expose students to the local history and the greater impact that it had certainly on our community, and around the world."
This is the first year "The Watsons go to Birmingham" has been incorporated into the Birmingham City Schools curriculum.
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