Honoring the Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 | April 4, 1968

The Birmingham Children's Crusade

of 1963

The 1963 campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama, generated national publicity and federal action because of the violent response by local authorities and the decision by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to recruit children for demonstrations. The “Children’s Crusade” added a new dynamic to the struggle in Birmingham and was a major factor in the success of the campaign.