The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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May 2, 2013

Re-enactment of '63 kids march set in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Students from a dozen schools are re-enacting a landmark civil rights event in Birmingham.

About 1,400 young people are expected to join Thursday to commemorate the so-called children's march demonstrations that occurred in Alabama's largest city in 1963.

Participants will gather at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church before marching on downtown streets at lunchtime.

Fifty years ago, student protesters leaving the same church faced mass arrests during demonstrations led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. City leaders unleashed fire hoses and police dogs on the crowds, resulting in ghastly images that showed the depth of racial turmoil in the South.

Public outcry helped spur passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the following year.

Participants from 50 years ago will meet with re-enactors.

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