Preloading

How the Civil Rights Movement Forced Young People to Grow Up Quickly

Ida Hulon, 80 Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Temple Hayes, 56
Location: Anderson, South Carolina

In the mid-'60s, images of civil rights protesters being assaulted by the police and disparaged by local governments were ubiquitous. Temple Hayes, who was just a pre-teen at the time, remembers how her perception of authority figures changed during this period of great civic unrest.

"Adults didn't know what they were doing," Temple says. "I remember going, 'Oh my gosh, we're depending on them and look at what they're doing. Look what they're doing to other people. Look what they're doing to people that I considered family."

Watch as Temple and Birmingham, Alabama, resident Ida Hulon look back on that transformative decade.

Hear more stories from people who were at the ground level of the civil rights marches
Published 01/26/2015
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