Mom Shanna Aquirre and daughter, Lillian, participate in the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, AL
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, “thousands of ‘foot soldiers’ young and old gathered in Birmingham’s Civil Rights District” for events commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Birmingham children’s march in 1963. The Children’s Crusade, hosted by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., celebrated the Power of Children: Then and Now.
Moms, dads and children from around the country gathered at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church to hear from civil rights leaders, meet 35 of the original marchers, get lessons in civil disobedience and learn about the history and impact of the events during the first week of May 1963 when thousands of black children left school in 1963 to march toward downtown Birmingham to protest segregation. In 1963 the children were jailed and attacked by dogs and fire hoses. Yesterday the children took away history lessons and a greater appreciation of the work and opportunities afforded them as members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Washington DC Mom Shanna Aquirre and daughter, Lillian, joined over 3000 Jack and Jill marchers yesterday to commemorate and reflect upon the children who marched in 1963.
Learn more about yesterday’s march and view photos in the attached article from Alabama.com.
National President Joli Cooper-Nelson asked all Jack and Jill families to reflect upon the importance of this day even if we could not be there in person by sharing with our children the movie The Children’s March.