MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hundreds of middle and high school students from across Alabama were in Montgomery Thursday to learn about the Civil Rights movement. They served as the audience as Alabama Public Television filmed the final part of its educational series "PROJECT C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement".
"It's basically a virtual field trip through different historical parts of Alabama," said Rushton Davis, a student reporter with APT, "walking through different events of the civil rights movement and how they had effects on America today."
The students were able to ask the forum questions on the fight for equality, a fight they say their generation is continuing on a bigger scale.
"I think it is bigger than just blacks vs whites," explained Jordan Harper, a student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. "I think that there were questions about the economy, the lower class. There were points about sexual orientation, gender. There's a big world of diversity that has to be answered and paid attention to."
The panelists were impressed with just how in tune and engaged the students were, especially since their questions were being live-streamed to viewers all across the world!
"What I saw today were kids who are very much engaged," said Ebony Howard, a member of the panel from the Southern Poverty Law Center. "Kids who understand, probably better than a lot of adults, about what it means to be an America citizen. And about how important diversity is, how important equality and justice is."
The full Project C series is available to stream for free on Alabama Public Television's website.