This picture book tells how children became involved in the Civil Rights Movement
in Birmingham, Alabama, in a march that gave a powerful boost to the fight for
equality in 1963.. A young girl describes how she listened in church to an appeal by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. for volunteers in a peaceful protest against the laws of segregation. Because their parents worry about losing jobs, children take the lead in responding to this call to action and throughout the first weeks of May, a Children's Crusade draws more and more young people. Soon thousands are thrown into jail and protests escalate as more and more adults join in. Dramatic illustrations in the style of oil paintings convey the high emotions of these events, and a timeline and author's afterword give more details of the historical context.