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Empowering Children to Change the World
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The Civil Rights Arts project needs your support to fund performances of The Birmingham Childrens March - a production that demonstrates the profound potential of children to effect change in society. In 1963 Martin Luther King’s civil rights ... More ...

The Civil Rights Arts Project needs your support to fund performances of The Birmingham Childrens March - a production that demonstrates the profound potential of children to effect change in society.

In 1963 Martin Luther King’s civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama was not producing results after weeks of peaceful demonstrations. Public opinion remained unchanged. Dr. King’s goal of ending segregation was in danger of being defeated. A change in strategy was needed to help the movement and it came in the form of children. Ordinary school aged children, whose peaceful marches and active moral witness transformed, arguably redeemed, America.

The Civil Rights Arts Project was recently awarded a $7,500 matching grant by
Covenant Children's Ministries to share The Birmingham Children's March with at-risk
youth. We need your financial support to raise an additional $7,500 so that we can receive the full grant. 

We have partnered with Urban Gateways to share this amazing story with over 5,000 students. Your generous gift allows us to continue empowering children to change the world. Thank you.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The Birmingham Children’s March is a 40 minute mass meeting performance in two acts. Act I takes place at a mass meeting at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on the morning that the children of Birmingham are about to face Bull Connor’s fire hoses and police dogs for the first time during a demonstration. A Birmingham student expresses their reservations about participating in the march. There is also a voice of dissent from someone within the African American community who does not agree with the tactic of placing children and teenagers in harm’s way.

Act II is also set in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church a few days after the children’s demonstrations have begun. A Birmingham student shares their experience of having participated in the marches and being arrested.

The performance uses the example set by the children of Birmingham to help youth discover their inner strength and courage which can help them transform themselves and the world around them.

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"Actors were phenomenal......performance exceptional....songs inspiring and entire performance was thought provoking. Started some conversations among students and with their teachers."

Brenda Browder, Principal

Kellman Corporate Community Elementary School - Chicago, IL

"The Birmingham Children's March tied into our mission of preparing our students to be leaders in the community. The theme of grassroots action resonated well with our staff and students."

Chris Comella, Principal
Pilgrim Lutheran School - Chicago, IL
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