On Apr. 24, 1971, 500,000 people demonstrated against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. It was the largest-ever demonstration opposing U.S. war; 150,000 marched at a simultaneous rally in San Francisco. Here is a 100-page teaching guide from the Zinn Education Project on the long history of Vietnam War, the anti-war movement, and whistleblowers: http://bit.ly/ZlKPgX Image: Library of Congress.
On Apr. 23, 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns led her classmates in a strike to protest the substandard conditions at Robert Russa Moton High School. As is explained on the Smithsonian website, "While many in the town called for patience, 16-year-old Barbara Johns refused to wait. With a few other classmates, she quietly organized the entire student body. On April 23, 1951, the principal was lured off campus, and all 450 students were called into the auditorium. After the students asked the teachers to leave, Barbara convinced her classmates that they should walk out until a new building was under construction." (http://bit.ly/15DUQ1a) This portrait by Robert Shetterly can be ordered for $20 from Americans Who Tell the Truthhttp://bit.ly/11zpnYz Also see "Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me" for middle school by fellow activist John A. Stokes: http://bit.ly/11zptj4 and visit the Robert Russa Moton Museum. (Quote on portrait: "It was time that Negroes were treated equally with whites, time that they had a decent school, time for the students themselves to do something about it. There wasn’t any fear. I just thought --- this is your moment. Seize it!")