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Children who marched for equal rights inspire a new generation

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PBS NewsHour joined students at Chicago's Polaris Charter Academy, a school in our network, as they travelled to Birmingham, Alabama for a field study on the civil rights movement.

Fifty-five years ago, thousands of African-American children walked out of their schools and began a peaceful march in Birmingham, Alabama, to protest segregation. They were met with attack dogs and water hoses. For a new generation of students, traveling to Birmingham has made that moment in history come alive. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports.

Watch the NewsHour segment featuring students from Polaris Charter Academy here.