Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, the University of Illinois Center for Children’s Books, Birmingham Public Library, the Hoover Public Library, The Morgan Project, Make it Happen Children’s Theater, Sloss Furnaces, the Footsoldiers Headquarters, the National Park Foundation, The Ballard House Project, and many more are collaborating on an event for 4th-8th grade students on Thursday September 14, 2023 centered around the children’s book The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. Christopher Paul Curtis, the book’s author, will address students from the sanctuary of 16th Street Baptist Church at 9am to start the day.
The event will bring the book alive, with many hands-on, curriculum-based activities. For example, students will listen to music of the 1960s, play jacks and hop scotch, read poetry by Langston Hughes, and map out the route that the Watsons took from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
9:00 am: Opening at 16th St. Baptist Church
9:45 am: Activities at BCRI