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Tue Aug 16, 2016, 12:28 AM

Presidential Medal of Freedom for 15 Brave Young Women [View all]

In 1963, segregation was a horror alive and well in the south. The fifteen children participated in a peaceful march of over 200 people to a movie theater where they attempted to purchase tickets at the theaterís white entrance. It was a defiant, peaceful act against segregation. The young women were imprisoned after the march in an abandoned stockade located in the backwoods of Leesburg, Georgia. The large holding cell had only a single, broken showerhead, and a toilet that didnít work.

Honoring these fifteen women with the Presidential Medal of Freedom will send a powerful message about our nation's fight for equality and justice: it was everyday people taking a stand that created a movement for change. It will bring awareness to a new generation, and provide insight to the struggles these young women had to endure in order to receive the basic privileges we often take for granted today.

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