J. PHARAOH DOSS

J. PHARAOH DOSS

Ancient drama was accompanied by a chorus. The chorus commented on the dramatic action depicted on stage.

For this tragedy the chorus is the community.

Their refrain, “I hope they get caught.”

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On May 2, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama over 1,000 children left school, met at the 16th Street Baptist Church, marched downtown, and 600 were arrested.

The national press was shocked. It was called the children’s crusade.

Federal authorities were angered by the arrest but more appalled by the tactic. The use of children in civil rights demonstrations was irresponsible, some civil rights advocates agreed.

But the children’s crusade continued for three days.

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