In light of the teens leading the campaign for gun control now (see The Best Articles & Videos Showing How Parkland’s Teens Are Responding To Tragedy), I thought teachers would find it useful to also have resources available on the role of teens organizing for justice throughout history.
Please share additional resources – this is just the bare bones of a beginning list.
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Here is what I have so far:
Children have changed America before, braving fire hoses and police dogs for civil rights is from The Washington Post.
High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History of Teen Resistance is from YES Magazine.
The Parkland Teens Are Part Of A Long Line Of Kids Who Led Social Change is from Fast Company.
The Other Student Activists is by Melinda Anderson.
How Four Teenage Girls Organized This Week’s Huge Silent Protest is from Chicago Magazine.
When we organized in Ferguson, we were labeled thugs & criminals. 800 of us walked out for #MikeBrown. The media said we went about it the wrong way. All we wanted was for the police to stop killing people like us. Black youth BEEN pushing for gun reform.https://t.co/XhPzK6grNC
— Clifton Kinnie (@CliftonKinnie) February 24, 2018
Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years is from Teen Vogue.
The Children’s March tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. See the parallels between the Children’s March & #MarchforOurLives on @tolerance_org https://t.co/pKNCuREdgh
— Rusul الربيعي ✊🏼 (@RusulAlrubail) February 22, 2018
Parkland student activists should study the East L.A. Blowouts that launched a movement in California is also from The L.A. Times.
— Joanne Freeman (@jbf1755) March 2, 2018
7 Times in History When Students Turned to Activism is from The New York Times.
— Catherine Gewertz (@cgewertz) March 23, 2018
Can Teenagers Save America? They’ve Done It Before is from The NY Times.
Why Take Student Protests Seriously? Look at Linda Brown. is from Politico.
Here’s how the PBS NewsHour describes this video segment:
Fifty-five years ago, thousands of African-American children walked out of their schools and began a peaceful march in Birmingham, Alabama, to protest segregation. They were met with attack dogs and water hoses. For a new generation of students, traveling to Birmingham has made that moment in history come alive. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports.:
Why children have such powerful moral authority is from The Washington Post.
3 ways activist kids these days resemble their predecessors is from The Conversation.
The new TED-Ed lesson and video is on “The secret student resistance to Hitler.” Even though the organizers of The White Rose were college students, I’m also going to add it here:
They’ve locked themselves inside school buildings for days to protest discrimination. They’ve staged demonstrations to demand integration and more inclusive curriculums. Meet the teenagers who are fighting to improve New York City’s schools.https://t.co/JtouOt3JqP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 5, 2019
Hong Kong high-school students formed human chains in solidarity with protesters https://t.co/SjKG9HqOHF
— Alexander (@alexanderrusso) September 10, 2019
‘I have a voice.’ Teens play prominent role in Black Lives Matter protests across UShttps://t.co/bj2h09WyU4
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) June 8, 2020
Teen girls organized Nashville’s largest protest. They’d never met before. https://t.co/9tAMT5j4HI
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) June 9, 2020
These Kids Are Done Waiting for Change is a New York Times column that is likely to be read in many classrooms over the next several months and beyond. It’s about a group of Nashville teenagers who are fighting against racism by, among other things, having organized a 10,000 person march to protest George Floyd’s murder.
“I need people to hear my voice.” Youth-led demonstrations after George Floyd’s death have energized a diverse group of young Americans across the U.S. https://t.co/v52o0Hn8fY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 23, 2020
The Power to Change the World: A Teaching Unit on Student Activism in History and Today is from The NY Times Learning Network.
A girls' school in Iran brought a member of the IRGC-run Basij paramilitary to speak to students. The girls welcomed the speaker by taking off their headscarves & chanting "get lost, Basiji".
Teenage girls have been at the forefront of protests for days.pic.twitter.com/kvskgB8qas
— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) October 5, 2022
Terrific news. Statue of Barbara Johns—a Black teenager from Virginia who played historic role in opposing school segregation—will replace image of Robert E. Lee in Statuary Hall in U.S. Capitol. Now, everyone will know about her bravery & heroism. https://t.co/Wb1qNyrGNx
— Leslie Proll (@LeslieProll) January 4, 2023
59 years ago today, nearly half a million NYC students stayed out of school to protest segregation and profound inequality in their schools. Learn how, why, and what came next through a new primary source teaching collection from the #NYCCivilRightsHistory project. 🧵#OTDH pic.twitter.com/g6aNYP7lwe
— Ansley Erickson (@ATErickson) February 3, 2023