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Part Three: Unsung Heroes and Sheroes

Illustration of SNCC activists singing Freedom Songs

SNCC activists sing Freedom Song's

Drawing by Evan Bissell inspired by a photograph by Danny Lyon


Research the following young people and events. Suggested resources include The Civil Right Movement Vets and Ellen Levine’s book Freedom’s Children, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia.

  • Claudette Colvin
  • Barbara Johns
  • Birmingham Children's Crusade
  • Little Rock Nine (Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba Pattillo Beals)
  • Mary Loiuse Smith
  • Joann Bland
  • John Lewis
  • Diane Nash
  • Julian Bond

As a culminating activity, ask students to interview members of the community and identify youth leaders from the past and present.