Lecture to Focus on Role of Children in the Civil Rights Movement

April 15 event at UC Riverside observes 50th anniversary of Children’s Crusade

Jon Hale

Jon Hale

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Jon Hale, a scholar of the history of student activism in the Civil Rights Movement, will discuss “Learning to Protest: Young People on the Front Lines of the 1960s Mississippi Freedom Movement” in a free lecture at UC Riverside on Monday, April 15.

The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113. Parking costs $5.

Hale is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., and studies the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the contributions of children and young people to the movement, and educational reform.

The lecture is part of a series organized by V.P. Franklin, distinguished professor of history at UCR, to observe the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Ala. In early May  of 1963, hundreds of African-American teens marched through the streets of Birmingham to protest segregation in their city and were assaulted by police armed with fire hoses and police dogs. The protest, which came to be known as the Children’s Crusade, was covered by national media and is considered a turning point in the campaign for racial equality in the United States.

Hale’s lecture is sponsored by the UCR Department of History and African Student Programs.

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