50th Anniversary Of Freedom Schools

By MATTHEW KUE, age 11 There were around 2,500 to 3,000 students in more than 40 Freedom schools, all taught by volunteers. PHOTO: United Methodist Board of Global Ministries & Ken Thompson This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom schools....

Civil Rights THEN and NOW

By ELIYA AHMAD, age 12, and DAPHNE KNOUSE FRENZER, age 12 Introduction by KATIE SCHLECHTER, IndyKids Staff Civil rights movement leaders Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King and their families lead the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965....

Nelson Mandela and Apartheid South Africa

By SPENCER NEUMAN, age 10 Segregated bus lines in Apartheid South Africa in 1982. PHOTO: United Nations Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was known for fighting Apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was a system of separating black and white South Africans. The white...

Your Turn: Why are schools still segregated?

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Today, U.S. schools are more segregated than they were four decades ago.  Around 40 percent of Black and Latino students in the United States are in schools that are over...

Book Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Kid Reporter SHAWN E. GILBERT, JR., age 12 “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry”, by Mildred D. Taylor. IMAGE: Puffin Group Inc. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry takes place in Mississippi in 1933. This is during the Jim Crow era when schools were segregated,...