The Children of Birmingham




06:17 min
Animation
Director: Rebecca Yenawine
Producer: Kids on the Hill

Winner of the Youth Video Award

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The Children of Birmingham

The Children of Birmingham is an animation that describes the powerful role young people had in changing the laws of segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. The story and artwork was created through Kids on the Hill’s summer program. Participants were young people ages 10-14. They made the story and images based on a book called Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch and through studying historic photographs. Participants come from an inner city neighborhood in Baltimore City. Through Kids on the Hill programming they learned drawing and painting skills as well as stories from the civil rights movement. This story (The Children of Birmingham) is one of three stories that they worked on. Young people made all the artwork in the animation. Animating the artwork was done by older teens and Kids on the Hill staff. Young people who made this project continue to participate in the Kids on the Hill after school program and to make art that makes a difference.

The Children of Birmingham is a winner of the See Change Make Change contest held by YMDI.org, the first comprehensive Web portal for youth media distribution.

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