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The Children’s Crusade In 1963, the SCLC was afraid the momentum for the civil rights movement was fading. A local member, James Bevel, came up with the idea to recruit students. He shared his idea with King and the other leaders in the movement. Bevel argued that adults might be afraid of losing their jobs if they participated in demonstrations and that children had less to lose. The involvement of children in the Birmingham demonstrations made it different from other protests. While King was concerned about sending children into a potentially dangerous situation, he approved of the action.

And King spurred it on. 58 ‡ ES S EN T I A L L I V ES As King continued being a leader and teacher, as well as a thorn in the side of some Americans, he was always a husband and father. M A RT I N LU T H ER K I N G J R. ‡ 59 CHAPTER SEVEN THE MOVEMENT GOES NATIONAL B y the summer of 1963, the civil rights movement had gained national attention. This was due in part to the events in Birmingham. In addition, on June 11, President Kennedy unveiled a new bill for Congress’s approval guaranteeing civil rights protections for all Americans.

University on June 5, 1955, As a respected minister of a making him Dr. King. large church, King had a big M A RT I N LU T H ER K I N G J R. ‡ 33 voice in Montgomery. ” 2 When the issue of the bus boycott came up in December 1955, King was in the right place to accept the presidency of the MIA. He said, I became convinced that what we were preparing to do in Montgomery was related to what Thoreau had expressed. 3 Three weeks before the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Kings became parents when Yolanda Denise was born on November 17.

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