Before Selma there was Birmingham. Two years before thousands of protesters marched to Montgomery, 3,000 black school children take the streets of Birmingham to demand desegregation.
The authorities respond with attack dogs and fire hoses.
It was a singular photograph that forced America to see that its promise was a lie.
Black teen. White cop. Where are they now? Play the video in the player to see the next chapter of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff. Play the second video to see Fox 2 Detroit anchor Huel Perkins offer emotional testimony of what it was like to grow up in the segregated south.
For desktop users, Perkins' video is embedded below.
Choking back tears, Perkins shares his insight: "In many ways the south would like to forget that (segregation), but they can't. I was nearly 11-years old, with that battle being waged... and it changed my life. I remember the water fountains... blacks, whites." Perkins continues with an emotional testimony, play the video.