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When the Children Marched

The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement

Series: Prime (Middle/Senior)

By Robert H. Mayer

Referred to as the “most segregated city in America,” Birmingham, Alabama, became a hotbed for civil rights activity in the early 1960s. Great African-American leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, helped lead the civil rights movement in the city. In Birmingham, African-American youth marched, sang, and spoke out against segregation. Although they faced police dogs and fire hoses, they offered non-violent resistance and did not back down. WHEN THE CHILDREN MARCHED explores the civil rights leaders who organized the movement and the brave children and teens at the heart of the fight.

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"Some writers have the ability to bring the past back to life, and author Robert H. Mayer does just that with his book When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement."

New York Journal of Books, May 15, 2013

". . . brings those troubled days into clear focus for students today . . . Mayer's title serves as an excellent introduction to that key episode in our history."

Library Media Connection, August/September 2008

"Mayer provides a factual and fascinating picture of the widespread criticism and praise brought about by this controversial idea . . . The book's focus on the experiences of young people is a valuable perspective that will engage readers."

School Library Journal, October 2008

". . . covers key events in U.S. and world history."

MultiCultural Review, Winter 2008

". . . this stirring history of the movement, with many photos, news reports, and quotes from all sides, emphasizes the connections between the young people’s power and that of the big leaders . . . Ample back matter, with source notes, a bibliography, Web sites, and a time line, will encourage further exploration."

Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2008

"Extremely well researched and documented . . . This title is a first choice for research and as the title indicates, shows young children that they can make a difference in the world."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2008

"First-person observations, sidebars, and black-and-white photographs lend immediacy."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2008

"This book is a must have for any secondary library that needs an updated look at such an important event in our history."

El Paso Independent School District, July 16, 2008

". . . ideal for students studying African American history."

Book Buzz, February 2010

". . . a well written text . . . a well-investigated source for student research as well as a plausible discussion starter on social justice."

Highlands Regional Library Cooperative, May 19, 2008

"This book is a must-have for all middle school libraries."

Denton Independent School District, May 2, 2008

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