The Children’s March being shown at the South Plainfield Library

In celebration of black history month, on Saturday, February 24th at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library will be showing Mighty Times: The Children’s March.  This Academy Award Winner for best documentary short subject tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. In the spring of 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was the “do-or-die” battleground for the Civil Rights Movement. Heavy intimidation by Birmingham authorities left the Movement floundering. Using word-of-mouth under a veil of secrecy, more than 4,000 African American schoolchildren organized to desert classrooms at exactly 11 a.m. on “D-Day,” May 2, 1963, touching off a week of mass demonstrations and rioting that shocked the nation. Police tried to stop them. Yet, the children prevailed. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the 1963 Birmingham children’s march from the ground up. More than 100 eyewitnesses contributed to the storytelling, with appearances by notable participants and organizers James Orange, Gwendolyn Webb, James Bevel, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, and Andrew Young. No registration is required for this program and all are welcome to attend.

Contact Information
  1. Linda Hansen
  2. 908-754-7885
Sat, February 24
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm
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In celebration of black history month, on Saturday, February 24th at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library will be showing Mighty Times: The Children’s March. This Academy Award Winner for best documentary short subject tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. In the spring of 1963, ...

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