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.

Students Calling for Gun Control Can’t Vote Yet. But Age Hasn’t Stopped Young Activists in the Past is from TIME.

The Other Student Activists is by Melinda Anderson.

How Four Teenage Girls Organized This Week’s Huge Silent Protest is from Chicago Magazine.

Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years is from Teen Vogue.

From Little Rock to Parkland: A Brief History of Youth Activism is from NPR

L.A. Unified commemorates 50th anniversary of Eastside walkouts, but tells students to stay in class March 14 is from The L.A. Times.

East L.A., 1968: ‘Walkout!’ The day high school students helped ignite the Chicano power movement is from The L.A. Times.

Parkland student activists should study the East L.A. Blowouts that launched a movement in California is also from The L.A. Times.

Too Young to Vote, Old Enough to Take Action: A Brief History of Powerful Youth-Led Movements is from KQED.

7 Times in History When Students Turned to Activism is from The New York Times.

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.:


What Gun Violence Protesters Can Learn From 1968’s Chicano Blowouts is from NPR.

“Power In Numbers” Is PBS Effort To Highlight Teens Organizing For Change

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:

Forgotten history: Chicano student walkouts changed Texas, but inequities remain is from NBC News.

‘I Absolutely Will Not Back Down.’ Meet the Young People at the Heart of Hong Kong’s Rebellion is from TIME.


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.

Student activists want change — and they’re starting in the classroom is from Vox.

New Video On Teens Fighting School Segregation

The Power to Change the World: A Teaching Unit on Student Activism in History and Today is from The NY Times Learning Network.

60 years ago, students joined the civil rights movement with ‘The Children’s Crusade’ is from NPR.


Youths sued Montana over climate change and won. Here’s why it matters. is from The Washington Post.