They were protesting! The children of the city, and many of their parents, wanted an end to segregated schools. They wanted the opportunities afforded to white children to be the standard for ALL students!
They spent the morning making picket signs, then they hit the streets to make their message clear.
But this was New York – surely they didn’t have segregation problems like the South? Well, it was Malcolm X who said it best:
“Ultraliberal New York had more integration problems than Mississippi,” Malcolm X argued. “The North’s liberals have been for so long pointing accusing fingers at the South and getting away with it that they have fits when they are exposed as the world’s worst hypocrites.”
Power in numbers can radically amplify a message needing to be expressed, and when we come together as a collective it is hard for these systems to keep moving forward with “business as usual.” Our unity is our strength!