The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist


Children marching for justice?  Children going to jail?

In 1963 the Reverend Jim Shuttlesworth gathered men, women and children together in his Birmingham, Alabama church to fight the fight against segregation.  Sitting in her pew with her family nine-year old Audrey Faye Hendricks was listening.  She sat taller when she heard the call to show up for protest.  She sat taller when she heard the call to follow the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who urged them to fill the jails.

This is the story of the war for Civil Rights told from the heart-level of a young girl.  Where the adults looked down in fear, the children stood up with hope.

The innocence of Audrey and her dreams runs up against jail and prejudice.  Her courage and her determination infuse the difficult times, the violence, the hatred, with faith and truth.

This is the true story of one little girl whose family had the courage to let her go and join the children's march and subsequently spend time in jail.

A timeline at the back of the book chronicles the march to freedom from 1944 to 1964.  This is the story of one part of that march and how it mattered.    "What a difference the children's march has made in this nation."

40 pages             978-1481400701               Ages 6-10

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


"Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement."--from the publisher

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