The Civil Rights Movement and the Power of Teen Girl Activists

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

I was fascinated from the moment author Heather E. Schwartz first mentioned a group of black teen girls protesting for their civil rights in Georgia in 1963. These teen girl activists were locked up in a Civil War-era stockade in Leesburg, Georgia. What stood out the most to me was their incredible strength and resilience. Heather’s book¬†Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade¬†tells the story of these teen activists for readers in fifth grade and above. Read More