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Film explores role of youth in Civil Rights Movement

MIDWEST CITY The Black Student Association will screen a 2015 documentary about the role of youth in the Civil Rights Movement at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center at Rose State College. The screening is open to the public.

A discussion with Joyce Jackson, who was involved in the movement, will follow.

“Children of the Civil Rights” begins with a group of youth who conducted sit-ins in Oklahoma City, starting in 1958. The youth and their adviser, Clara Luper, continued the non-violent sit-ins for six years. Nearly every restaurant in the city was desegregated by the time the Civil Rights Acts became law.

The film's director, Julia Clifford, said she was inspired to make the film after learning in 2006 that her father participated in the sit-ins in Oklahoma City.

Also in the film, Congressman John Lewis tells his experience of Bloody Sunday, the day in 1965 when hundreds of protesters marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., and the violence they suffered at the hands of state troopers.

K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›