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The Children’s March

Date(s)
1963

The Civil Rights Movement relied heavily on radio to spread news and messages to young and illiterate audiences, but DJs would often have to communicate in signals or coded songs. In Birmingham, a DJ is credited with signaling the start of “The Children’s March” demonstration after he played a Joe Turner song called “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

Sources
Pat Duggins, "Civil Rights Radio Part 3 --"They told the teacher... 'we were gone!' " | Alabama Public Radio", apr.org, Alabame Public Radio, published August 4th, 2016, https://www.apr.org/post/civil-rights-radio-part-3-they-told-teacherswere-gone

Image Sources:
(1) Pat Duggins, "Civil Rights Radio Part 3 --"They told the teacher... 'we were gone!' " | Alabama Public Radio", apr.org, Alabame Public Radio, published August 4th, 2016, https://www.apr.org/post/civil-rights-radio-part-3-they-told-teacherswere-gone

(2) Jocelyn Robinson, "Revisiting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 Commencement Speech at Antioch College | WYSO", WYSO, published January 15th, 2015, https://www.wyso.org/post/revisiting-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-1965-commencement-speech-antioch-college
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