We’ve Got a Job:

The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March


From the Prologue:

On Thursday morning, May 2, 1963, nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks woke up with freedom on her mind. But, before she could be free, there was something important she had to do.

“I want to go to jail,” Audrey had told her mother.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks thought that was a good idea, they helped her get ready. Her father had even bought her a new game she’d been eyeing. Audrey imagined that it would entertain her if she got bored during her week on a cell block.

Between May 2 and May 7, 1963, 3,000-4,000 children–yes, children–marched to protest segregation and to get arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama. Many of them were charged by snarling police dogs and washed down the street by powerful fire hoses. Nevertheless, day after day, more of them–including Audrey Faye Hendricks (age 9), Washington Booker (14), James Stewart (15), and Arnetta Streeter (16)–marched and went to jail.

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March tells their stories.

“Thank you for helping us share our story with the world. Hopefully, it will help make the world a better place. And if it does, it means that our suffering and our effort was not in vain. All those other people love your book. The four of us love you for writing it.” Washington Booker III, January 29, 2013

“We’ve Got a Job” sung by the Birmingham Movement Choir!*

*by permission, not to be duplicated or transferred

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