By Carlos Prates Tavares, age 16 On May 26, after the death of George Floyd, protests against police brutality and racism sparked across the country. These protests are reminiscent of the civil rights movement, bearing uncanny resemblances as well as differences. While their goals are similar, the civil rights movement fought against explicitly racist policies, …
By Michael Hirschfield, age 11 and IndyKids Staff Between 1965 and 1972, Black student activists held protests at thousands of colleges and universities to demand more equality in their schools. Known as the Black Campus Movement (BCM), they were campaigning for safety, respect, inclusion, increased enrollment of African-American students, more racial diversity amongst their teachers, …
After weeks of protests against a culture of racism on the University of Missouri campus, and a week-long hunger strike by student Jonathan Butler, the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigned two days after the football team joined the protests by going on strike. Mizzou students are not alone, as students at universities across North America are calling for an end to campus racism.
This summer, at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (UAI) in Brooklyn, teen girls full of ideas and action participated in Occupy Summer School, a three-week course on how to stage an effective protest.
When students and young people have organized and demanded change, the outcomes have been tremendous. The voices of youth have had a special role in creating positive changes in revolutionary movements from the 20th century through today.
IndyKids reporter Soledad Aguilar-Colón interviews a student spokesperson for Caravana 43, an international group of protestors seeking justice for the 43 Ayotzinapa students who went missing in Mexico on September 26, 2014.