May 4: Join the Chicago Freedom School To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Children’s March

Please join the Chicago Freedom School on Saturday May 4th from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Birmingham Children's March (May 1963)

Birmingham Children’s March (May 1963)

“On 2 May, more than a thousand African American students skipped their classes and gathered at Sixth Street Baptist Church to march to downtown Birmingham. As they approached police lines, hundreds were arrested and carried off to jail in paddy wagons and school buses. When hundreds more young people gathered the following day for another march, commissioner Bull Connor directed the local police and fire departments to use force to halt the demonstration. Images of children being blasted by high-pressure fire hoses, clubbed by police officers, and attacked by police dogs appeared on television and in newspapers and triggered outrage throughout the world.

On the evening of 3 May, King offered encouragement to parents of the young protesters in a speech delivered at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. He said, “Don’t worry about your children; they are going to be alright. Don’t hold them back if they want to go to jail, for they are not only doing a job for themselves, but for all of America and for all of mankind.””

CFS will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade/March with a screening of the documentary “Mighty Times: The Children’ March” followed by a panel of contemporary Chicago youth activists and organizers who will discuss how they are currently working for social change and justice.

Saturday, May 4
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Garland Room

Please register for this event HERE.

Read more about the Children’s March here.


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