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Protest in the Park, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama.

‘The Children’s March’ film screening to support National School Walkout

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By Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 We the People 7

Great Barrington — In support of the National School Walkout protest planned for Friday, April 20, the Berkshire Edge and the Green Tea Party of Great Barrington will offer a free screening of “The Children’s March” Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The Academy Award-winning documentary depicts the historic Children’s March of 1963 with original and re-enacted footage.

The film shows a critical moment in history when children had a significant impact on the civil rights movement. Many of protesters in the Birmingham riots of 1963 were children and youth. Director and Edge contributor Bobby Houston of Great Barrington stated: “This film is highly relevant now, and I am offering it in support of the National School Walkout for gun control. The #neveragain movement follows in the great tradition of American youth speaking truth to power, saying “enough is enough.”

The #neveragain movement is gaining fast momentum in the U.S., with the March for Our Lives on March 24, formed in the aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and staff members were fatally shot by a former student armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. The National School Walkout protest is a closely related event, organizing on the social news aggregation, web content rating and discussion website reddit.

“We have the opportunity to again see the activism of children turn the tide of a political issue in America. This film is particularly relevant at this time and I hope the actions of youth in the 1963 Civil Rights protests will serve as an inspiration to the young activists today who are speaking out against gun violence.” said Houston.

The documentary will open with remarks by Houston. A discussion will follow the film, moderated by local youth and at which youth will be encouraged to speak.

The film was co-produced by the Southern Law Poverty Center and HBO. The documentary is in current use as a teaching tool by Teaching Tolerance and the Zinn Education Project. The film won an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject.

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  1. Jim Balfanz says:

    It is sad to see that you conflate the Civil Rights Movement – one done in support of our Constitution, with the indoctrination of young students to assist in removing one of the most important Constitutional Amendments – the Second Amendment. Without the Second Amendment, you will also lose the First and Fourth Amendment rights. Gun Control? How about properly educating all citizens as to their full rights and RESPONSIBILITIES in a civilized society? This could begin by properly teaching more accurate history, and civics classes and restoring actual discipline in homes and classrooms. Using young students who have been indoctrinated by teachers – and some parents – will result in a disaster when it comes to maintaining the Constitutional rights our predecessors provided us. And, finally, how about giving equal attention to those students who are “protesting” in favor of their Second Amendment rights?

    1. Shawn G. says:

      If 1 million people are protesting issue X, and 10,000 people are counter-protesting issue X, we do not need to give equal time/attention to both protests.

      1. Jim Balfanz says:

        Millions of NRA members AND other law abiding citizens own tens of millions of weapons and trillions of rounds of ammunition. If NRA members were the problem, you’d know about it. Denigrating an organization that honestly supports our Second Amendment the way “your side” is doing clearly proves you don’t have a clue as to the truths about the overall effects of imposing “gun control” on legal, law abiding citizens. And, most of the NRA members are busy working to pay their taxes, and trust that their elected representatives will uphold the Second Amendment instead of out “protesting.” Of course the membership is coming to recognize that far too many politicians having been duly sworn to uphold AND DEFEND our constitution have caved into a minority of very wealthy ideologues, and their ability to fund campaigns for those who go along with removing constitutional rights. Sadly the vast majority of young people have not been educated on our Constitution, nor do most of them get taught actual Civics classes these days. And, frankly, a great number of students “participating” in these school walkouts are doing it simply to get out of school.

  2. Bobbyhouston says:

    The Constitution valued slaves as 3/5 of a human. So there’s that, Jim.

    1. Jim Balfanz says:

      Since you know your history so well, Bobby, you certainly know that slavery was a major problem that divided and threatened to prevent the passage of the Constitution. I don’t know exactly where you can conclude that your statement is factual, but since you do know your “history,” you also know that the civil war was fought to end it. And, as you know it was the Republicans who led the battle that led to the Civil war and the beginning of the end of slavery. Neither political party held the “high ground” 100%. But, Democrats were not as willing as Republicans to end slavery.

      1. Joseph Method says:

        The part about 3/5 is simply true. The original version said “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” This was overridden by the 14th amendment. You’re right that the Republicans were the party of abolition during the civil war, but the parties flipped positions during the civil rights era.

  3. Ninni says:

    I have been to film screening a lot. Now a days I have confined myself to movie streaming apps like TeaTV app. All movies are available in HD quality for free

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