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From the civil rights movement to the Florida schoolchildren’s protest, youthful energy has proved a powerful force

In May 1963 a white police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to scare some black children as they went to protest against segregation.

As fellow policemen turned hoses and dogs on black youngsters nearby, the kids made it plain they knew what they were doing and continued marching towards the demonstrations.

Kud 2bA reporter asked one of them her age. “Six,” she said, as she climbed into the paddy wagon.

Events in Birmingham proved a crucial turning point in the civil rights era.

Before protests started…

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