Children’s March Reenactment
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Category: Educational, Admission, Social, Alumni, Community, Greek, Student Affairs
The 1963 Children’s March changed Birmingham, the world, and brought segregation to its knees, May 2nd and 3rd. To commemorate the occurrence, Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson will host the 1963 Children’s Reenactment March Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 12 Noon. The March will begin at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, loop through Regions Field, and end at Railroad Park. An estimated 1,400 students from schools across Birmingham and Jefferson County are scheduled to participate. Confirmed schools are: Wenonah, Jackson Olin, Parker, Woodlawn, Huffman, Ramsay, Homewood and Mountain Brook High Schools, Miles College, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University.
Prior to the march, students will attend a program at the Historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. “In addition to watching a documentary that chronicles the movement, students will interact with individuals who marched, protested, and were jailed during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. These young people will be a part of a re-enactment that changed not only this City but changed this state and the world,” said Councilor Roberson. “We are excited about the re-enactment of the children's march and the opportunity it presents for the high school students in our area to reflect on the rich history of Birmingham. Out of that tumultuous time for our city arises many lessons on reconciliation and hope. Lessons we hope each participant will carry with them wherever their life journey takes them,” said Reverend Arthur Price, Jr., Pastor of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. For more information, contact the office of Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson at 205.254.2498. Direct media inquiries to Council Public Information Officer Jacqueline Gray Miller at 205.908.7392Jacqueline.GrayMiller@birminghamal.gov