Children’s Crusade of 1963 Sparks Cafeteria Food Boycott

Fourth Graders Boycott Cafeteria Food

Fourth grade students at Nuestro Mundo Elementary School in Madison, WI started a group called Boycott School Lunch (BCSL) last fall after conducting some “gross experiments” in the school cafeteria, like measuring how much grease they could squeeze out of a hamburger. They had been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in history class. Their teacher, Joshua Forehand, showed them a movie about the Children’s Crusade that took place in Birmingham, AL in 1963 (lesson plan), and this sparked the students to organize a peaceful protest for healthier cafeteria food.

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