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I am a Ph.D. student in London, England, currently researching the role of children and young people (black & white) in the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1964.

I would love to hear from anyone who would like to share their experiences of this era!

Julie Hall
London, England

I was a (poor white female) child of the 60's. I grew up in rural North Carolina, where diverse races grew up side by side. We need to raise and mentor children today to be side by side, regardless of race, economic or other factors. I too faced issues over the years, but due to the freedoms we have, I became educated and worked to be a successful professional today. There are many obstacles for much of us, then and now.

C. J.
Zebulon, North Carolina

I do remember the separate water fountains and rest rooms. It bothers me that so many young blacks have no idea of what their grandparents had to endure and overcome so that they would have the benefits that they are able to enjoy today.

I have never had a personal problem with people of color and I currently have many black friends. The civil rights movement in this country was one of the most important issues of the past century. The situation in this day and time of black on black crime is absolutely horrendous and disgusting. Where are all the so called black leaders on this issue? If anyone of color speaks out as Bill Cosby, against the type of people who propagate the problems in the black community they are castigated by their own kind yet these same people will say nothing nor do nothing to address the the issues.

Oxford, Mississippi

It was a sad, sad day for America to allow integration. I look back at that time when it was good to be white. Today I can't hardly talk to anyone about my race. It's o.k. for blacks, asians, mexicans, jews, middle easterns, etc., to express there pride in there race. If a white person says anything, they are racist. The continued ignoring of the white race will end up being the reverse of this film.

Burns, Tennessee

Hi, my question is: how is it a country so divided on race even today can expect to dominate other countries of other race much alone judge their government?

Cincinnati, Ohio

Well, I know one thing I did right. I think it must have been the day I started to fight. Luckily I kept my eyes on the prize and held on.

John Tanuska
Moscow, Australia

In watching the documentary, what gripped me most was the idea that today, it is easy for us, the modern Americans to look down upon all the white native Mississippians for their intolerable behavior during the segregation movement. However, I urge us to think of the dangers of societal influence. These were teenagers, no more and no less advanced than the teenagers who attend our high schools today. How many of us could say we would see what is duly just in the eyes of Liberty and Freedom and then act upon that which was imminently righteous? The societal norms at the time were ingrained in a society such that the idea of what was 'righteous' was indeed skewed. Un-American and horrific in nature, but skewed nevertheless. I believe society has made astounding strides, and I, as a first generation Korean American, surely would not be here nor be the man I am today had it not been for our growth as a country. However, I truly hope this documentary serves as an in valuable lesson. It is our American duty to never waver in our self-awareness. Ignorance will always be the most dangerous evil.

Jeff Kim
Austin, Texas

It is heartbreaking to watch the hatred of Whites towards Blacks, during the era of segregation. It is also sad to know that many of the social problems in this country could be solved if we treated one another as God intended. How can I be what I want to be, when my brothers and sisters are denied their human rights.

Lillian Nelson
Durham, N.C.

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