Students from Washington D.C. get firsthand look at Civil Rights history

Fifty years ago, hundreds of children skipped school to march for civil rights. Thursday, hundreds more followed in their footsteps. They took part in a March for Change,{} a reenactment of the 1963 Children's March.

High school and college students from the Birmingham area and even as far as D.C. were in Birmingham. They were much older than some of the children of 1963 who faced brutal police and vicious dogs. One was just four years old.

The students from nine schools just had to look around to see how much has changed in fifty years. There were no hoses, no dogs, no name calling, and the police were with them.

Some Washington D.C. students happened to be in Birmingham learning about the Civil Rights Movement. They wore homemade shirts quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. They read, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

The students don't have family from Birmingham. Their challenges aren't Birmingham youth's problem of violence. But at least one student says she owes her freedoms to the children of 1963.

"This is a very important place for me. This is where people marched so I can go to any school I want to, so my family and the family I will have one day does not have to be self-conscience at words thrown at them or rights they don't have," said August White, a student from St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in D.C..

The students saw the Birmingham students and even original marchers embark on the re-enactment from the 16th Street Baptist Church to Railroad Park.