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Birmingham, Alabama was the most segregated city in American in the early 1960s. When the civil right movement took root there, it wasn’t just grown men and women who faced dogs, fire hoses and jail time for speaking out against institutionalized racism. In the middle and high school textbook When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (Enslow Publishing, 2008), professor of education Robert Mayer describes how school children not only participated in the marches and protests, but inspired and strengthened the African-American community in Birmingham and beyond.