Books: Non-Fiction

We’ve Got A Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

Book – Non-fiction. By Cynthia Levinson. 2012. 176 pages.
Tells the story of the 4,000 Black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963.

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements

The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March was a turning point in U.S. history. In the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, the fight for civil rights lay in the hands of children like Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Arnetta Streeter.

Through the eyes of these four protesters and others who participated, We’ve Got a Job tells the little-known story of the 4,000 black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. The children succeeded—where adults had failed—in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America.

By combining in-depth, one-on-one interviews and extensive research, author Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children’s March from a personal perspective.

ISBN:9781561456277 | Published by Peachtree Publishers